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Kyla Stone’s Top 5 Craft Books

Alessandra Torre, Inkers Con co-founder and contributor

  1. Take off Your Pants by Libbie Hawker. This is great for pantsers and those who desire a loose framework rather than a heavily structured plot. Great for beginners.
  2. Save the Cat Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody. This plotting book is great for beginners and includes basic “tent pole” beats.
  3. The Anatomy of Story by John Truby. This book is a deep dive into theme, necessary beats for the most potent emotional response from your readers, and mixing genres like a boss.
  4. Story Engineering by Larry Brooks. Another intensive, deep dive into structure, but fabulous.
  5. The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell. A classic book on archetypal story-telling—the classic, mythic beats that underly the best epic fantasy, sci-fi, superhero stories, etc.
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