Today we decided to share with you our favorite books on the writing craft!
Kate recommends: ON WRITING by Stephen King
” It’s part autobiography and part advice on the craft. My copy is dog-eared, highlighted, and full of notes in the margins. It’s encouraging, especially during my bouts of massive self doubt, honest, and at times laugh-out-loud hilarious. I’d recommend it to any writer regardless of where they are in their writing journey.”
Rachel recommends: NO PLOT? NO PROBLEM! by NaNoWriMo’s founder Chris Baty
“I have lots of books on writing craft, and while they all contain helpful techniques, tips, and rules of thumb, my biggest issue is being able to set aside all of the perfectionist noise of my brain and simply write words. Baty’s NaNo-ing guide gives me a pep talk every time I pick it up, and that’s been invaluable since I started taking my writing seriously.”
She also recommends: SELF-EDITING FOR FICTION WRITERS by Renni Browne and Dave King
“Since I self-publish, I need as many checks and balances as I can manage on each manuscript, and this book is an excellent tool for revisions before actual edits.”
Raewyn recommends: THE FIRST FIVE PAGES: A WRITER’S GUIDE TO STAYING OUT OF THE REJECTION PILE by Noah Lukeman
“It’s a practical little book, with some good end of chapter exercises to measure your writing against.”
Jessica recommends: THE ART OF WAR FOR WRITERS by James Scott Bell
“It’s very easy to get into and his writing is engaging and encouraging.”
She also recommends: WRITING IRRESISTIBLE KID LIT by Mary Kole
“It really breaks down how the YA and MG market and what types of writing really sings for that market. It has great examples over lots of different YA and MG genres. I loved it. “
Finally, my recommendation is: HOW NOT TO WRITE A NOVEL by Sandra Newman and Howard Mittelmark
What are YOUR favorite books on writing? Make sure to leave us a comment below!