Monday, January 14, 2013

Express Yourself Meme - "writerly" books


The Express Yourself question of the week that Dani and I came up with is ...

Are there any writerly books or books in general you'd recommend to your fellow writers/readers?

The below books helped me learn about the craft, which is first and foremost, the key. I also learned what other writers have experienced on their writing journey as well as how to edit, which is a big plus. 




On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King - Between his own experiences in the writing world and his helpful advice, you're in good hands.
When I purchased the book a few years back, this is what welcomed me:
"This is a short book because most books about writing are filled with BS. Fiction writers, present company included, don't understand very much about what they do--not why it works when it's good, not why it doesn't when it's bad. I figured the shorter the book, the less the BS."
Trust me, King delivers with his candidness in his book. No BS.


Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself into Print by Renni Browne & Dave King - This book breaks down writing for you, from a chapter on show and tell, to dialogue mechanics, to voice. You won't be disappointed. It's a book I still go back to for reference.




The Elements of Style by William Strunk & E.B. White - A must have if you're delving down the writing path. This book will help tighten your MS and keep you in check. Also, my two older sons refer to it for essays. It's a win - win. 




Writers Workshop of Horror edited by Michael Knost - A friend let me borrow this one. You don't need to write horror to read this book. It's stocked with valuable info from twenty-nine different authors.







Are there any books you'd like to recommend? 

Dani and I decided to forego using a linky for now. If you are participating in this week's meme, tell us in the blog comment so we, as well as others, can venture over to your blog! 
Thanks so much for visiting!

30 comments:

  1. First Draft in 30 Days is the greatest book for new writers when drafting a story. It's a must have!

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  2. hmmm i think i would like to read this :)

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  3. I "Strunkize" my MS's before sending them to betas. It really helps!

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    1. Love that, Emily- Strunkize! Such a helpful book.

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  4. I like Donald Maass' "Writing the Breakout Novel" workbook. It has actual exercises to walk through to make your WIP stronger.

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    1. Thanks, Nicole! I'll check this one out.

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  5. The one book that recently really helped me was HOOKED by Les Edgerton.

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    1. Oh! Thanks, Christine! I'll be looking into this one.

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    1. Great choice, Alex. One of my CP's just introduced me to that. The beat sheets are going to be so helpful!

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  7. I'm a craft book junkie. One of my new all time favorites (though there are plenty of others that I love) is Donald Maass's newest book about being a 21st Century writer (I can't remember the exact name).

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    1. Me, too. I have found such useful info from these "writerly" books!

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  8. I have all except the last one. And now I want it! WRITING DOWN THE BONES is a really good one and TELLING LIES FOR FUN AND FICTION is another fast fun read.

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    1. Thanks for recommending those! I'll check them out!

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  9. You picked some good ones! Here's my post!

    http://lgkeltner.blogspot.com/2013/01/express-yourself-books-on-writing.html

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  10. i have a couple of those =)
    so full of great advice & guidance!

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    1. Absolutely! Thanks for visiting, Tara!

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  11. This is going to sound TERRIBLE - but I'm in the process of dissecting my first 'How to Write' book.

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    1. That doesn't sound terrible at all. You're doing it, and that's what counts! :)

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  12. I've read both S.King on Writing and The Elements of Style, which I think every writer should have. I'll definitely check out the other two you put up. Thanks for sharing! (:

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    1. No problem, Elise! Thanks for stopping by!

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  13. I gots the Strunk & White; definitely helpful. I love Eric Maisel's Fearless Creating.

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    1. I'll be checking that one out for sure! Thanks!

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  14. Well, I seem to be the only one who does not have a selection of "How to Write" books!
    You can read my post here:
    CarolynBrown-Books

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    1. Not all of them are How to Write books... some are writers sharing their experiences, which I love! :)
      Thanks again for the advice on the linky! Dani and I are working hard to figure it out.

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  15. The Right to Write but Julia Cameron. It's a pantser's dream writing book, along with On Writing. ;-)

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