P. L. McCall II’s TOP 5 Books For Every Genre Writer

(PLMII’s TOP PICK!) Encyclopedia of Things That Never Were: Creatures, Places, and People

Hardcover sales of more than 70,000 copies have made the Encyclopedia of Things That Never Were a classic illustrated reference to myths and legends from all corners of the world. Here–culled from mythology, literature, and folk tales–is the mystical realm that has populated humanity’s imagination for centuries. Over 400 entries, engagingly written and organized by type of entity, make this a complete source of information and a visual feast. Among the entries are: from “The Cosmos,” Quetzalcoatl and Scorpio; from “The Ground and Underground,” centaurs, elves, and unicorns; from “Wonderland,” Atlantis and El Dorado; from “Magic, Science, and Invention,” flying carpets and the Trojan horse; from “Water, Sky, and Air,” Pegasus and Moby-Dick; and from “The Night,” a host of shuddersome creatures from vampires to the golem. This is a wild and wondrous gift for any visionary.

The Hero with a Thousand Faces

Since its release in 1949, The Hero with a Thousand Faces has influenced millions of readers by combining the insights of modern psychology with Joseph Campbell’s revolutionary understanding of comparative mythology. In these pages, Campbell outlines the Hero’s Journey, a universal motif of adventure and transformation that runs through virtually all of the world’s mythic traditions. He also explores the Cosmogonic Cycle, the mythic pattern of world creation and destruction.

How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy 

You’ve always dreamed of writing science fiction and fantasy tales that pull readers into extraordinary new worlds and fantastic conflicts. Best-selling author Orson Scott Card shows you how it’s done, distilling years of writing experience and publishing success into concise, no-nonsense advice.

Fondling Your Muse: Infallible Advice From a Published Author to the Writerly Aspirant

A note from the author: “Writing is a solitary and often scary enterprise. I alone have heard your silent screams, so I have written this book to help you achieve what everyone who has the courage to live the creative life deserves: complete, utter, slavish adoration and worship. Also: incalculable wealth that insulates you from the concerns of ordinary people.”

The Little Red Writing Book: Writing plus Grammar

This deluxe edition contains the complete contents of The Little Red Writing Book and The Little Gold Grammar Book. Whereas writing is based on principles — in which writing is deemed better or worse, more effective or less effective — grammar is based on rules, in which writing is deemed right or wrong, correct or incorrect. With coverage of the most useful writing principles and the most commonly encountered rules of grammar, The Little Red Writing Book Deluxe Edition is an invaluable guide for anyone who wants to master those skills that will make a good writer even better.

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