|Writing Books I Love
BY BIRD, by Anne Lamott - This book addresses
the heart of a writer, and reminds me to stay kind and honest
and interesting. Opening it is always like running to a writer
friend who understands.
WRITER'S JOURNEY, by Christopher Vogler
- Vogler translates Joseph Campbell's brilliant work on myth into
a guide for today's story-teller. I read through it at least once
for every book I write - it's superb on structure, and on how
to make a story resonate deeply.
ON WRITING, by Stephen King - This is the
down-and-dirty toolbox, the most practical, no-nonsense book on
all aspects of writing I've found. Somehow, it's also pretty inspiring.
A quote from it - THE STORY'S THE BOSS! - has hung above my writing
desk for ten years now, and the advice just keeps getting wiser.
OF WRITING FICTION - SCENE AND STRUCTURE,
by Jack Bickham - Nothing fancy, just sound, practical advice
about how to build a story with words.
THE ART OF FICTION, by John Gardener - The New York Times called this book "A necessary handbook,
a stern judge, an encouraging friend," and I agree. Gardner is
smart, thoughtful, and a good communicator.
ANNOTATED CHARLOTTE'S WEB, by Peter Neumeyer
- It's like watching over E.B. White's shoulder as he's writing
his classic book. On every page, scholars explain every choice
he made and why - and you can learn everything you need to know
about writing thoughtfully for children by studying this resource.
Out of print now, but you can pick up used copies.
by Les Edgerton - As the title implies, it's all about how to
write fiction that hooks readers - a pretty important skill.
THE WAR OF ART, by Steven Pressfield - Tough love to get you writing,
instead of worrying about writing or dreaming about writing or
avoiding writing. A great guide to help you break through blocks
in all areas of creative life - I pick it up often.