Lamott is the writing teacher you’ve always wanted. She’s hilarious, prodding, encouraging, real. She gives you license to write terribly and often, and she helps you address the demons of self-criticism.
I haven’t read this book in several years, but King brings insight from his life and career to offer practical advice for any writer. “If you want to be a writer,” King says, “you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” There’s the synopsis, if you want it.
This is a great book for non-fiction writing, learning about how to weed out extra words and writing with your voice. First published in the 1970s, this book translates well to the blogging world. I’ve been reading it off and on this year, a chapter at a time.
A brief guide to structure and craft, originally written by Strunk and re-worked by one of my favorite authors, E.B. White. This is a book of religious-like following by writers the world over and for good reason.
This entertaining read will win you over with wit, charm and quirky punctuation history. The author provides background information for grammar nerds, but it also explains why English teachers want to take a red pen with them to restaurants to fix all of the misplaced apostrophes on the
A $2.99 Kindle eBook that’s worth the money and the 30 minutes you’ll need to read it. My favorite and most convicting takeaways: 1) There’s really no such thing as Writer’s Block. “The story is in us, and all we have to do is sit there and write it down.” 2) You have to learn how to forgive yourself of your own shortcomings. “I can’t write the book I want to write, but I can and will write the book I am capable of writing. Again and again throughout the course of my life, I will forgive myself.”
What are the best books on writing you have read?
Warnings: Lamott and King use profanity on a regular basis, if that sort of thing bothers you. The other books might have some, but not enough for me to remember as distracting or noticeable.