When I was studying for section five of my Art of Photography course, illustration and narrative, I purchased and read two very good books by AVA publications, basics Creative Photography series, Context and Narrative by Marie Short and making Photographs by Mike Simmons.
Making Photographs by Mike Simmons is a good book to use to help find ideas and then create a working plan for your photography project. This book helped me develop the ideas for creating images for my exercises and helped my find the idea for using the M.R. James story for my assignment and story board it with sketched ideas for images.
Context and Narrative helped me with ideas of subject matter and a better understanding and use of juxtaposing images.
Both these books have case studies and exercises at the end of each chapter. Both are good books and I will revisit then for my new course which is ‘Context and Narrative’.