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Writing Books

No, I am not talking about writing novels or fiction, I am talking about books about writing. 

There are a lot of books out there about writing.  Some quite good, some…. not so much.  There are people who believe that you can never learn anything useful about writing from a textbook, and that you need to just do it.  Then there are those who can not get enough of these books. 

Which side of the fence do you fall?  Do you think they are useful, or just a waste of time?

I have read a great number, but the ones that I found most useful were…

On Writing : A Memoir of the Craft
by Stephen King.

This book is presented as half memoir, half writing advice.  I found the sections of using the right word, and the editing advice very helpful, and I often go back to this book as a reference when I am needing it, or just for some inspiration.

 

 

No Plot? No Problem
by Chris Baty

This book is very useful for those frantic November months when I am struggling with NaNoWriMo, or any other time I just want to get lots of words written without a clear idea where I am going.  It is not about finding the perfect plot, it is about learning to start writing without the perfect plot, and having faith that your plot will find you.

 

Snoopy’s Guide to the Writing Life

It’s Snoopy.  What’s not to like?

OKay, not really.  However it is still an awesome book, and very useful.

 

 

 

 

So, what books about writing do you recommend?

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Posted by on May 9, 2012 in Ponderings

 

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On Writing – Stephen King

on_writing_stephen_kingI have read this book about three times, and I always like to keep it on my desk for reference purposes. 

It is one of the best books on writing I have ever read.  It combines real life stories about King’s life with advice about writing.  It covers everything from attitude, to nuts-and-bolts techniques.

I learned a great deal about how to write, but also about what makes a writer.  About the process of making it in the industry, and about the pitfalls, both before and after you are actually writing.

I can recommend it to anyone who has an interest in writing, or just an interest in how King became one. 

 
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Posted by on May 11, 2010 in books

 

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