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Any Exceptional Books About Writing?
Mon Feb 12, 2007 4:06 am
"Stein on Writing" and "How to Grow a Novel" by Sol Stein. I can't recommend these highly enough!! Inspirational, helpful, great reads. I keep both on my desk and turn them to random pages when I'm stuck.
Also, "Self-Editing for Fiction Writers" by... oh gosh, I can't remember. Brown and King, I think? It offers a lot of practical advice and lots of checklists for your writing.
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Fri Mar 30, 2007 12:29 am
The Pocket Muse
is one of the simplest, most enjoyable, most purely inspiring writing books I've read in ages. I encourage you to spend the twelve dollars. ^_~ (Yes, it's highway robbery, but it's worth it.)
Sun Apr 15, 2007 6:59 pm
Ani May Queen
Hands down, no questions asked the best book on writing is:
78 Reasons Why Your Book May Never Be Published and 14 Reasons Why It Just Might by Pat Walsh
Or actually, I think it might be more on publishing. But still, very helpful.
Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality. - Jules de Gaultier
Sun Apr 15, 2007 10:13 pm
I've rifled through so many writing books, I can barely recall what they said. Some that stood out, though, were
'The Writer's Guide to Fantasy Literature, from Dragon's Lair to Hero's Quest.'
That one was amazing.
Gail Carson Levine's 'Writing Magic' was good too. Anyone ever read 'Spunk and Bite'? It's a commentary of sorts on Strunk and White's 'Elements of Style'. Wonderful. It's on my desk right now.
"I hate the word 'Truce'. It means 'Fun's over'." ~My little sister
Wed Dec 12, 2007 10:20 pm
I think its called
The 3 A.M. Epiphany
its really good though. It's a book full of writing excercises and it really really really good! It teaches you how to make your writing better. I've only done a few writing excercises so far - but it has definitely helped!
It is better to travel well than to arrive.
Thu Dec 13, 2007 1:42 am
Story Structure Architect was really helpful, but it went too much in the technicalities of plot. Character-driven plots are more realistic, but of course that depends on the genre you want to go into and how "commercial" you want your book to be.
"Video games don't affect kids. If Pacman had affected us as kids, we'd all be running around in darkened rooms, munching magic pills, and listening to repetitive electronic music." --anonymous/banner.
Fri Dec 14, 2007 11:47 am
How to Write Science-Fiction and Fantasy
by Orson Scott Card,
by Robert McKee (
is actually a book targeted from screenwriting, but it's applicable to writing novels, as well),
Characters and Viewpoints
by Orson Scott Card, and that's all that really comes to my mind, at the moment.
Fri Dec 14, 2007 9:23 pm
"Chapter after chapter" by Heather Sellers is great for longer projects. I love it.
"Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise."
Sat Dec 15, 2007 5:39 pm
Well, I read a book called: Writing well. It teaches you more about grammar and school stuff, but it is cool!
Wed Jan 02, 2008 3:57 pm
"Stein on Writing" - by Sol Stein
"Revision" - by Kit Reed
I'm not much of one for buying books - more of a library girl myself - but these are two books that I would hugely recommend purchasing if you are a writer.
Kitkat already has "Writing Magic" - I think that can be used for any age group. I wrote myself a pretty damn good short story (at least I like to think so) based on one of her prompts.
I am reminded of the babe by you.
Sat Apr 19, 2008 3:17 am
Sin and Syntax
I forget who its by....
It's a book on how to write good prose. I honestly find that the most lacking thing on this website. It's cool because it doesn't teach you the rules persay, you should know those after going through high school. It teaches you when to bend the rules, or even rip them into shreds and burn them as a sacrifice to your book. It's Excellent.
Another I liked was
Sometimes the Magic Works
by Terry Brooks. Very good book from a published author.
ALRIGHT, I was talking about my virginity!!!!
(lolz dinosaur comics)
if you don't understand...
Tue May 06, 2008 2:19 am
I have to agree with the other people who've said On Writing by Stephen King.
Not only does he discuss the finer points of writing, such as grammar, usage, storytelling, editing, and the like, but he does it in a conversational, down to earth tone that is very easy to understand.
Plus, half of the book is also a memoir. It's interesting to see just how such a well published author got to that point. Of course, that's just a personal interest of mine.
Garrus Vakarian is my homeboy.
Thu May 08, 2008 2:15 am
The Everything Book On Writing A Novel. My parents got it for me for Christmas and it has literally--no pun intended--everything!
And we'll be a dream...
"Dee Dubbleyou." - BigBadBear
Thu May 08, 2008 10:38 am
Teach Yourself Creative Writing
, Dianne Doubtfire. Full of wondeful insight.
My personal favourite however is
The Five-Minute Writer
by Margret Geraghty. I love it; it's refreshing and packed with unique and interesting exercises. You pick one to do for five minutes a day. There are over 50 of them!
"Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself." William Faulkner.
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Thu May 08, 2008 2:40 pm
The Curious Writer
by Bruce Ballenger
I had to use this first semester for my writing 1010 class... It's not one of those books that's all technical or "do this, this, this and this". It's very laid back and helpful.
"Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everybody I've ever known."
— Chuck Palahniuk
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