I have a big long list of books I love, how much space do I get in a post again?
I think the books sold on the NaNo site (though you can also get them elsewhere, with much better shipping if you live outside the US like me) are great. I don’t use No Plot? No Problem! very much, however I use Ready, Set, Novel! when I’m planning out a new story, just to get me thinking about the different aspects, even if I don’t have all the answers yet (and I’m a planster, so I tend to start with ideas and most answers come on the fly). It’s less of a writing book but I also love their Pep Talks for Writers.
(Links in the above are to Book Depository because the NaNo store is out of stock).
I also really love this series of author thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi. My favourite of these ones are the Emotional Wound and Negative and Positive Trait versions. I find these are fantastic for character building, even if my character doesn’t have an emotional wound at the beginning (though, let’s be honest, I’m a mean author and my characters are normally pretty messed up).
On world building, I adore Wonderbook. Not only is it a great read, it’s stunning. Full colour pages, illustrations of weird monsters… Yeah, it makes me pretty happy. And on the subject of monsters, Writing Monsters is very interesting, and not just from a dragon-to-sea-serpent kond of monster perspective. I’ve applied techniques in this book to villains as well.
I have more, but have restrained myself to just my favourites. I’m super keen to have a look at the ones you guys have suggested too, thanks for the easy links