Influential Books for Authors, Part II

As I have said, reading is the most important tool an author can have. Authors may not write everyday, but they better read everyday.

 If you do not have time to read, you do not have time to be an author.

To write a great novel, authors must read a great novel. Here are ten books that improved my craft. (By the way, did I say “read” enough times?)

10. The Three Musketeers, by Alex Andre Dumas.

Lesson: Tell a story like no one else.

9. Two Dollar Bill, by Stuart Woods.

Lesson: Dialogue should move along at a steady pace.

8. Paranoia, by Joseph Finder.

Lesson: Drama, mystery, romance, humor, and suspense, should be mixed together with perfect harmony.

7. The Collectors, by David Baldacci.

Lesson: Combine several plots to keep the reader interested.

6. Sail, by James Patterson.

Lesson: Short chapters bring speed to a novel.

5. “R” is for Ricochet, by Sue Grafton.

Lesson: Use descriptive actions to quicken the pace.

4. Your Heart Belongs to Me, by Dean Koontz.

Lesson: Every sentence, every word, is important in a novel.

3. By Reason of Insanity, by Randy Singer.

Lesson: Suspense and thrills does not have to be grotesque.

2. Most Dangerous Fortune, by Ken Follet

Lesson: Characters should relate to the reader and provide a fantasy at the same time.

1. Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follet.

Lesson: There is a niche for your book, no matter what the “experts” say.

Authors can learn from so many other great books. I chose these because they are not cliché. Sure, you can pick up a Charles Dickens, Stephen King, or a Nora Roberts novel and learn plenty.

The point is, there are plenty of other authors.

Ron Knight
Author of Untraditional Publishing

Ron Knight

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