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favorite writing books?

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gailellen



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I am new to this "I wanna be a writer" thing. I have a few writing books, how to's, workbooks, muse books. I was thinking that with all of us writers on this site it would be a great resource for us to list great books that have helped us in our writing endeavors.

A couple of my favorites are:
Getting the Words Right by Theodore Cheney
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamont
Dare to Be a Great Writer by Leonard Bishop

Any one else got favorites?
Chris, your favorites would be a tasty treat.
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Mother Tongue and Troublesome Words, both by Bill Bryson.
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http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0743410580/sr=1-1/qid=1155751896/ref=sr_1_1/002-5697758-6616024?ie=UTF8&s=books

Sorry about the URL

It is a link to: Like Shaking Hands With God by Lee Stringer and Kurt Vonnegut

It is interesting in how two authors get together and chat and discuss their work. It is not really a how to book on writing but I could never imagine Vonnegut doing something like that.

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"Telling Lies for Fun and Profit" by Lawrence Block (CM recommended that one)

"The First Five pages" by Noah Lukeman is a pretty good beginner's "how to avoid the slush pile" manual. Smart advice and good examples.

"Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Riding" was pretty good if you can get past Bradbury's (surprising) ego and pay attention to what he's saying.

I really hated "Scene and Structure" by Jack Bickham as it advocated formula writing. Also, he used samples of his own writing there were so bad I found myself flinching in embarrassment for him. However, I will say that some of the advice resonated inspite of my dislike. How to build tension and how to spot scenes that really don't move the plot forward and delete them or rework them was useful.
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I picked up the Block based on the AG and Earthshoes recommendation. Definately an interesting and informative read.

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Try The Art of Fiction and On Becoming a Novelist by John Gardner

The Larry Block books are much more hands on and practical for technique, though.


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Thanks, Chris, they're now on my Amazon wish list. But I've promised myself not to buy any more writing books until I've got 10,000 more words written. Which is getting away from the point of this thread, so I'll make it a separate post.

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gailellen



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Thanks AG!!  Reply with quote  

They are also on my wish list-

sgt_steve that is a tremendous idea!! I am stealing it! *Runs away with idea under her arm*

thanks for sharing all of you, I have much to write if I want these books.
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