Archive | July 2012

Books for Writers Part Three

I hope everyone had a good weekend writing, or relaxing from writing. My productivity could have been better, but I’m getting back on track. I’m still editing The Forgiving. I’ll give a full update in the coming weeks (Maybe I’ll need beta readers soon. Cross your fingers.) but until then, here are two more books for writers.

William Strunk and E.B. White’s The Elements of Style is the grammar/style classic written in 1910. If anyone has a newer standard, let me know. For now, this should be on every writer’s bookshelf.

Dollars and Sense: The Definitive Guide to Self-Publishing Success is a great place to start researching self-publishing. It has its lows, but there is enough good stuff in there to easily warrant a down load. It inspired me to write this blog.

Do you guys have any books for writers to recommend? Right now I’m reading Plot Versus Character: A Balanced Approach to Writing Great Fiction. I’ll give you my verdict once I’m finished.


More Books for Writers

Not all the answers you need are in a book; some are already in your head. Help yourself realize this with 344 Questions: The Creative Person’s Do-It-Yourself Guide to Insight, Survival, and Artistic Fulfillment. I’ve gone through it once and now I’m going through it again.

If the answer to one of those questions is you want to write, read If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit. Written in the 1930s, this book is no passing fade. If you write honest, than you write something of worth. Don’t let the inner and outer critic get you down and stop you from writing.

If you think you are a genius (or at least some kind of artist) than read, So, You’re a Creative Genius… Now What? Some times everyone needs some practical advice, even artists. Here it is.

These three should be in every school but aren’t, so now here is a chance to hit the right books.


Woe Is I


Welcome back.

Over the next week I’ll be posting a few books that have improved my writing. Don’t expect too much from these posts, it’ll just be a few notes and a link to the book on Goodreads.

With the endless books on writing and so few being helpful, here are some of my finds that you might want to try instead of picking at random.

First off, spelling and grammar are not my strong suits. If you are anything like me, a good start is Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe’s Guide to Better English in Plain English. It covers a lot of the basics in a more clever way than in your average text book.

If you have already written your rough draft and need help editing, try Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself Into Print. With all this self-publishing going around, there is also a lot of self-editing. This book will give you a ton to think about during the rewrite.

Well that’s it for now. More next time.