A Few Books on Writing & Writing Well

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Anyone wanting to learn the craft of writing could do worse than to read a few of these beauties that have helped me through the years. First and foremost, one has to mention Stephen King’s ‘On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft‘. It’s long been a staple of writers. King uses his usual flair for weaving together stories, but instead of a horror story, this time we get to see his growth as a writer. A few of my favorite parts are how he saved all of his rejection letters and his reaction upon hearing that his advance for Carrie was to be $400,000.

Another book I love is from Diana Wynne Jones, author of Howl’s Moving Castle, ‘Reflections on the Magic of Writing‘ is a collection of essays and speeches she gave at schools and conferences. It shows her humor, tips on writing, but most importantly, it tells of her love of magic. And that’s all writing is. Magic.

Last, for those in need of a more technical manual, I suggest ‘The Complete Guide to Writing Fiction, Nonfiction & Getting It Publishing‘ by Kubis and Howland. This one is more like a textbook, but if you have a question, there’s a good chance that this book has the answer.

A few other books that I recommend are Save the Cat by Blake Snyder, The Hero With a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell, and Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style.

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