If you’re a writer, I hope you’re also a reader. I know I am. And I’m not just talking about reading books in the genre that you write it. I also mean books about improving your craft.
I’ve been doing this a while now, so I’ve been to writing workshops or weekend writer events and I’ve gotten lots of suggestions about what to read. I’ve shared some of these books with you in the past: The Writer’s Journey, Techniques of the Selling Writer, Take Your Character to Lunch, Writing Dialogue, Eats, Shoots and Leaves, Woe is I are all some of my favorites. Story by Robert McKee is good if you feel like picking apart you story, but as a book, it’s a bit hard to read. And I continue to write down titles of books I want to take a look at.
Alinka, in this post (The 10 books every successful author needs to read) mentions the book On Writing by Stephen King which I also read. It’s an interesting book, if you want to learn a bit (and just a bit) about how Stephen writes, but it’s more about him and his writing philosophy. She also mentions Bird by Bird, which I also read, but didn’t get a lot from it. It’s a book that is a bit hard to describe. The author talks about writing and hanging in there with your writing but that’s about all I remember. Some people really like that book, though, so don’t just go off of my opinion.
And speaking of reading, I have a few ebooks on sale for the holidays, including my latest historical fiction on the creation and creators of Nancy Drew: Will the Real Carolyn Keene Please Stand up – Just .99!
So Happy Holidays! And Happy Reading!