Must read books…on WRITING!
As you journey into the writing world, there isn’t one among us who isn’t seeking to further our knowledge on writing and how to write. There are techniques and skills required. One doesn’t just sit down and write in hopes they’ve written something readers want to read.
Here’s a list of some of the books that other writers are reading that they feel is essential in their journey.
1. Stephen King – On Writing (personally I don’t feel this one is essential but it is a good read)
2.William Zinsser – On Writing Well
3.Creating Short Fiction -- Damon Knight
4.The Elements of Style, -- William Strunk Jr. & E.B. White
5.Building Believable Characters -- by Marc McCutcheon
6.The Writer's Guide to Character Traits -- Linda N. Edelstein, Ph.D.
7. Manuscript Submission -- Scott Edelstein
8.Writing the Breakout Novel -- Donald Maass
9. Grammatically Correct -- Anne Stilman
10. The Magic and the Mundane – P.J. Diehl (a plug for my friend)
So there you have it, a list of books and most have links to amazon where you can purchase the books. Keep in mind I am in no way affiliated with amazon, they just have some really great prices. I personally like to buy the used ones, because I know another writer has read it and I can write in it without the guilt of damaging a good book.
Yes, writers need to educate themselves on so many levels. Tapping keys is not good enough in the competitive world of writing. You need to have an edge, and education definitely gives you that edge.
I have an awesome arsenal of links to the side here that might help too. I know with the economy, not everyone can afford to buy a book, even if it is $2.50, that might be a dozen of eggs for the family. So use the links and keep checking back with me to see what new knowledge I can impart to you!