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Any favorite books on writing? Or essay collections?

reading_jewell
Fri, 15 Jun 2018 06:36:59 GMT

I know that Stephen King's ON WRITING is often a staple in every writer's library, but are there any other great books on the craft or even essay collections you all go back to for writing guidance?

Donricklez
Fri, 15 Jun 2018 14:48:22 GMT

If you look in this website there is an area that has some books referenced to help aspiring writers. I have “On Writing” and the others they mention seem very helpful.

macbowers
Fri, 15 Jun 2018 19:14:31 GMT

I love THE ANATOMY OF CURIOSITY by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff. Each of these three writers write a story, and then comment in the margins about how the stories came to be, the editing process, and why they made the decisions they did as writers. I found it very helpful to read the story, and then read why it worked right next to it.

JanineRose34
Fri, 22 Jun 2018 15:58:01 GMT

Bird by Bird by Anne LaMott is a beautiful, story-led writing guide. She makes writing seem accessible to all and reminds us to laugh anbit at ourselves and the universe around us.

debtriot
Thu, 28 Jun 2018 03:19:17 GMT

Natalie Goldberg's books are a fantastic resource, especially Writing Down The Bones and Old Friend From Far Away.

arieljane
Fri, 29 Jun 2018 05:11:16 GMT

The Writing Life by Annie Dillard is fantastic; lyrical and always relevant without being preachy. I also love Bird by Bird, and Several Short Sentences About Writing by Verlyn Klinkenborg.

Maryam
Fri, 06 Jul 2018 00:07:51 GMT

There isn't one man alive qualified to give writing instruction just now. You just read authors whose style you admire and soon you'll come into your own without effort. Besides a book on grammar and Aristotle's Rhetoric, Ambrose Bierce's "Write it Right" is what you need. https://www.gutenberg.org/files/12474/12474-h/12474-h.htm

CDaniels
Fri, 06 Jul 2018 17:12:39 GMT

Anything by Chuck Wendig tends to make me laugh while also making me want to close up his advice books and get on with my writing. His "250 Tips for Writing" and similar series are alright, but the best advice honestly comes from his blog or Twitter account. He's vulgar and creative with what he says while also boiling down the writing process to a sort of balance between craft and studious care.

AEKilday007
Thu, 19 Jul 2018 21:55:28 GMT

I took two writing workshops for my graduate studies last year and was given some really great resources: Living to Tell the Tale: A Guide to Writing Memoir (McDonnell), Writing the Memoir (Barrington), and the best book How to Read Novels Like a Professor (Foster). Foster has several books that I would call valuable for someone who wants to write well the first time. He offers advice in a very accessible and entertaining way.

Keaneja
Fri, 27 Jul 2018 16:13:01 GMT

On Writing by Stephen King is the best book. He is very inspirational and motivational. A definite read.

Keaneja
Sat, 28 Jul 2018 14:03:51 GMT

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott is supposed to be excellent also

Keaneja
Sat, 28 Jul 2018 14:14:54 GMT

Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction by Benjamin Percy is an excellent craft book. He writes with a sense of urgency and gives great tips on keeping the reader engaged. An excellent read with a lot of tips for writers.

Magaly
Tue, 31 Jul 2018 19:16:59 GMT

Although she is mostly known for her poetry, Mary Ruefle's "Madness, Rack, and Honey: Collected Lectures" has helped me so much with my prose.

Keaneja
Sat, 04 Aug 2018 22:31:40 GMT

I'm reading Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott and it is very encouraging and helpful. It helps the writer create a certain mindset toward writing. I recommend it so far.

sojourn503
Wed, 29 Aug 2018 04:22:43 GMT

How to Write a Poem Hardcover by Lawrence J. Dessner. What a treat! He writes the book as if he were in a dialogue with you. He deconstructs poems and edits one "with" you. He gives you feedback on "your" poem and then on your second and third draft of it. I was fascinated by this!

smarciniak
Tue, 25 Sep 2018 04:46:24 GMT

Steve Almond has a great little book called "This Won’t Take But a Minute, Honey" ... half of the book consists of what I guess would be considered flash fiction -- anecdotes and feelings he captures in a page -- and the other half consists of 20 or 30 rules that are solid, and dispensed with the dark, irreverent humor he's best known for.

jackgilles
Fri, 28 Sep 2018 21:21:17 GMT

A while back I read "Writing Wild" by Tina Welling. It's a little woo-woo, but it has some great advice about the connections between nature and creativity, and how going outside and just walking around can really inspire your writing. It's really great if you're looking to add more sensory detail to your writing, too!