Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Books On Writing

I’m just getting over a bad cold. I spent yesterday evening going over edits with my husband as his second set of eyes (He’s been asked to write material for a website and heard back from his editor.) I’ve also been editing the first draft of the sequel to Screwing Up Time. And I’m up to my neck in winter clothes that need to be washed. So instead of writing a long post, I thought I’d do a list of books on creative writing. Please feel free to add your favorites—I love reading new books and discovering new ways of looking at the process.

Here are my favorites:

1. On Writing by Stephen King

2. Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Browne and King

3. How to Write a Damn Good Novel 2 by James N. Frey

4. Pen on Fire by Barbara DeMarco-Barrett

5. The Art of War for Writers by James Scott Bell

Two more notes of interest.

A big shout of “Congratulations!” to Lydia Kang on the sale of her novel The Fountain to Kathy Dawson at Dial/Penguin.

If you didn’t see it yesterday, check out the Internet Book Fair


  1. The other day, while I was at your house, I saw a book titled "How to Read Books." I understand that it discusses how to read comprehensively, but at first, it seemed like some sort of odd and eternal loop. :D

  2. Glad you're feeling better!

    The only writing book I've read is Donald Maas' Writing the Breakout Novel, which I enjoyed.

    I recently bought Chris Baty's (from NaNoWriMo) book NO PLOT, NO PROBLEM, and my friend bought me BIRD BY BIRD by Anne Lamott. So those are next on my list.

  3. Thank you so much for the shout-out!

    I really enjoyed On Writing. I've also used, beside the Frey books, Save the Cat and Writing the Breakout Novel.

  4. Lydia--you're welcome!

    Krispy--I have Bird by Bird, but I haven't read it yet.

    I forgot the Breakout Novel. I have that one too and I liked it.

    I'll have to look for Save the Cat.