Lending Library

This space lists reference materials that Noble Pen members are willing to loan to other members.

From Rachel H:

Maimon, Elaine P., Peritz, Janice H., and Yancey, Kathleen Blake, A Writer’s Resouce: A Handbook for Writing and Research, 2nd Ed, McGraw-Hill, 2007.  Review: It’s a great reference for editing, research, formatting, and style.
Brewer, Robert Lee, Ed., 2009 Writer’s Market, F & W Publications, 2008. Review: Another reference for when you’re ready to start sending work out.


From Bill H:

Lukeman, Noah, The First Five Pages, a Writer’s Guide to Staying Out of the Rejection Pile. Fireside Book by Simon & Schuster, 2000.   Review: Good advice on most of the topics that writers need advice about.   I find their format of “problem, solution, examples” to be harder to digest than examples integrated into the other discussion, but the examples are good.

Strunk, William, and E.B. White, The Elements of Style, 3rd Ed. MacMillan Publishing, 1979.  Review: This slim classic covers 56 topics that are basic to any kind of writing.


From Tyree:

Editors of Analog and Asimov’s, Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy, 20 Dynamic Essays by Today’s Top Professionals

The Write Stuff, 1998.   A sampling of the best new books for writers.  Includes helpful excerpts from many genres.

Novakovich, Josip.  Fiction Writer’s Workshop.

Card, Orson Scott.  Characters and Viewpoint. Part of Writer’s Digest Elements of Fiction Writing series.

Bickham, Jack M.  Setting.  Part of Writer’s Digest Elements of Fiction Writing series.

Noble, William. Conflict, Action, & Suspense.

Obstfeld, Raymond. Crafting Scenes.

Davis, J. Madison, Creating Plot.

Hood, Ann, Creating Character Emotions.

Bova, Ben. Writing Science Fiction That Sells.

Schmidt, Stanley, ed. By BenBova. Aliens and Alien Societies.

Boggess, Louise. How to Write Fillers and Short Features that Sell.

Kendris, Christopher. 501 French Verbs

ARCO. How to Write Short Stories. (a textbook)

Bickham, Jack M. Scene & Structure.

Collier, Oscar, with Frances Spatz Leighton. How to Write and Sell Your First Novel.

Kress, Nancy.  Beginnings, Middles, & Ends.

Harawira, K. T. Beginner’s Maori.

Demarinis, Rick. The Art & Craft of the Short Story.

Kelly, Walt.  I Go Pogo.

Writer’s Market. Submitting Your Manuscript.

From Janice R:

Writer’s Digest Books. The Writer’s Complete Fantasy Reference

Christopher Kendris. 501 Spanish Verbs

Spanish, German, and English dictionaries

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV)