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Resources For Writers

A friend asked for my list of the ultimate writing books of all time and, trust me, I've read dozens. Here is my list of the cream of the crop:

First, many of us need permission to write. We ask ourselves the question, what right do I have to share my writings with others? In order of importance:
  • Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art, by Madeleine L'Engle

  • On Writing, by Stephen King (Warning: Contains strong language)

  • Zen in the Art of Writing, by Ray Bradbury

  • If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit, by Brenda Ueland
And grammar. Never, ever forget grammar:
  • The Deluxe Transitive Vampire: A Handbook of Grammar for the Innocent, the Eager and the Doomed, by Karen Elizabeth Gordon

  • The New Well Tempered Sentence: A Punctuation Handbook for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed, by Karen Elizabeth Gordon
And then, the specific nuts-and-bolts on writing:
  • Plot (Elements of Fiction Writing), by Ansen Dibell

  • Characters and Viewpoint (Elements of Fiction Writing), by Orson Scott Card

  • Dialogue: A Socratic Dialogue on the Art of Writing Dialogue in Fiction (Elements of Fiction Writing), by Lewis Turco
A nice overview of the whole shebang in spite of the stupid title:
  • How to Write a *** Good Novel: A Step-by-Step No Nonsense Guide to Dramatic Storytelling, by James N. Frey
And when the manuscript is done, comes the real hard work:
  • Revision: A Creative Approach to Writing and Rewriting Fiction, by David Michael Kaplan


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 17th, 2007 03:36 am (UTC)
You're supposed to be in bed by now.
Apr. 17th, 2007 03:51 am (UTC)

You're right. I tried to go to sleep, but I can't.

I had too much caffiene, I had a parishioner try and put me in a position where I could have been hurt or killed (I'm not jesting or speaking in superlatives) and the news from Virginia Tech disturbs me to the extreme.
Apr. 17th, 2007 03:54 am (UTC)

Well........ go check U&G for a little fun. ;-)
Apr. 17th, 2007 03:59 am (UTC)

I always wondered what became of Mom. ;-)

Where did you find that!?!?
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