Beth Rauch is the editor of Write Aroono. She also loves to write fiction. From an Aroono editor to the Aroono readers, here are the fiction writing books you need to read.

A Writer's Top 4 Fiction Writing Books
A Writer’s Top 4 Fiction Writing Books
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1. The Writer’s Idea Workshop: How to Make Your Good Ideas Great Book

The Writer's Idea Workshop: How to Make Your Good Ideas Great. 
Photo by Amazon. Book by Jack Heffon.
The Writer’s Idea Workshop: How to Make Your Good Ideas Great.
Photo by Amazon. Book by Jack Heffon.

This book was written by Jack Heffon and originally published in 2003. The goal of the book is to help writers establish, test, and develop their ideas into great works. Here’s what Beth has to say about it:

I’ve used this book in writer’s groups and with other writers I have mentored to help them spread their wings.

Beth enjoys it because it covers topics like “informed listening,” setting up idea files, and why reading is so important for writing. The book also offers over 300 writing prompts for writers to work with.

2. The Roget’s Thesaurus of Phrases Book

Roget's Thesaurus of Phrases
Photo by Amazon. Book by Barbara Ann Kipfer.
Roget’s Thesaurus of Phrases
Photo by Amazon. Book by Barbara Ann Kipfer.

This book was written by Barbara Ann Kipfer and originally published in 2001. This reference book is meant to help writers avoid clichés by offering more precise alternatives. Here’s how Beth uses this book:

This is my book of “That sounds so cliché, I need something better.” My copy is dog-eared and tattered, but it is awesome for finding better ways of saying things.

This book is a great source for any writer who wants their work to be concise and specific. As of this post, there is only one hardcover copy left on Amazon, so you better grab yours quick!

3. The Flip Dictionary Book

Flip Dictionary.
Photo by Amazon. Book by Barbara Ann Kipfer.
Flip Dictionary.
Photo by Amazon. Book by Barbara Ann Kipfer.

This is another book written by Barbara Ann Kipfner. It was originally published in 2000 and is meant to help writers determine the best word or phrase to use in their work. Here’s what Beth had to say about this book:

I own two of these: one that I keep at home, and on my desk at work. It’s a great resource for finding the right word or phrase that goes beyond a dictionary or thesaurus.

Fiction writers will benefit from having his book in their writing arsenal. Similarly to her previous book, Kipfner’s Flip Dictionary only has 2 paperback copies available on Amazon right now.

4. The Creating Character Emotions Book

Creating Character Emotions. 
Photo by Amazon. Book by Ann Hood.
Creating Character Emotions.
Photo by Amazon. Book by Ann Hood.

This book was written by Ann Hood and originally published in 1998. This goal helps writers write characters’ feelings and expressions accurately. You can read this book from start to finish, or use it as a handy reference book while writing. Here’s why Beth loves this book:

Sometimes the hardest thing for a fiction writer to describe is how their character feels. Between the prompts and the examples in the book, I found myself really branching out when it came to describing forgiveness or fear or other emotions that sometimes trip up a writer.

This book lists all the emotions you can possibly think of in order to help you describe each one. As with the previous books, there is currently 1 copy of this book left on Amazon.


Fiction writing can be both an easy and difficult craft to pursue. When it comes to your craft, make sure you learn from the best. Start with these 4 books. What great fiction writing books have you read recently?