Reading about the craft of writing is something I truly enjoy.
Here’s a list of the books about writing that I’ve discussed here.
Some old favourites. Others, new discoveries.
My shelves of writing books are bursting. Only a few appear here.
Ararcón, Daniel, Ed. The Secret Miracle: The Novelist’s Handbook (Henry Holt, 2010)
Atlas, Nava The Literary Ladies’ Guide to the Writing Life: Inspiration and Advice from Celebrated Women Authors Who Paved the Way (Sellers Publishing, Inc, 2011)
Berg, Elizabeth. Escaping into the Open: The Art of Writing True (1999: HarperCollins, 2000)
Bishop, Lane Shefter. Selling Your Story in a Single Sentence: Advice from the Frontlines of Hollywood (The Countryman Press – W. W. Norton, 2016)
Burroway, Janet. Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft (Longman, 2007: 7th edition)
Doughty, Louise. A Novel in a Year (2007: Simon & Schuster, 2008)
Gordon, Karen Elizabeth. The Deluxe Transitive Vampire: The Ultimate Handbook of Grammar for the Innocent, the Eager, and the Doomed (Pantheon Books, 1993)
Heffron, Jack The Writer’s Idea Book: 10th Anniversary Edition (Writer’s Digest Books, 2011)
hooks, bell. remembered rapture (Henry Holt and Company, 1999)
Krementz, Jill. The Writer’s Desk (Random House, 1996)
Lamott, Anne Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life (1995; Pantheon Books, 1994)
Lara, Adair. You Know You’re a Writer When (Chronicle Books, 2007)
Le Guin, Ursula K. The Wave in the Mind: Talks and Essays on the Writer, the Reader, and the Imagination. (Shambhala, 2004)
—. Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew (Eighth Mountain Press, 1998)
Lundmark, Torbjörn. quirky QWERTY: A Note on the Type (Penguin, 2002)
Neubauer, Bonnie. Take Ten for Writers: 1,000 Inspiring Exercises (Writer’s Digest Books, 2009)
Sexton, Phillip and Tricia Bateman. A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words (Writer’s Digest, 2007)
Shapiro, Dani Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2013)
Stone, Kelly L. Time to Write (Adams Media, 2008)
Tin House. The Writer’s Notebook: Craft Essays from Tin House (Tin House Books, 2009)
White, Fred Where Do You Get Your Ideas? A Writer’s Guide to Transforming Notions into Narratives (Writer’s Digest Books, 2012)
Yagoda, Ben The Sound on the Page: Style and Voice in Writing (HarperResource – HarperCollins, 2004)