Tuesday, March 30, 2010

What to Read When You Want to Grow As a Writer

Angela Ackerman inspired me to write this blog in her posting: Blogging Platform: Creating the Breakout Blog. In her blog, she mentions Donald Maass' WRITING THE BREAKOUT NOVEL. I confess I haven't read all the self help books on writing in a while. So I am do.

Let me give you a list of the ones I've bought and helped me grow a ton:
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers - how to edit yourself into print, by Renni Browne & Dave King is priceless. Having this book is as close as coming to having a professional editor under your finger tips.

Stein on Writing by Sol Stein. This book helped me tap into my writerly creative side.

The Fire in Fiction by Donald Maass (also good to have around). This book delves into "passion, purpose, and techniques to make your novel great."

I have more books stacked in neat little piles. But I will tell you about them another time.

What do you read to help you with your writing?


ElbieNy25 said...

Oddly I read other fiction books to help me with my writing. It was "The Blue Bistro" by Elin Hilderbrand that helped me conceptualize an ending for my novel.

But I want to look into your suggestions as well.

Theresa Milstein said...

I've read a few and I've got more on pile!

Hooked by Les Edgerton
On Writing by Stephen King

To Read:
How Fiction Works by James Wood
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

Jane Friedman from Writer's Digest - her blog suggest two books, which I just got:
Page after Page by Healther Sellers
The Situtation and The Story by Vivian Gornick

I've also been reading some grammar books to brush up.

Elana Johnson said...

I loved Stein on Writing, and I don't ever read trade craft books. I know, I know. I should. I just find them...boring. But Stein on Writing helped me a lot!