Today I thought I’d go back to basics-writing craft books.
I’m the type of person who loves information, if I am interested in something I start hoarding info like a dragon coverts gold. So, when I started writing I started hording writing books ;).
Now some have been passed on, given away, or donated. But others still linger around, looked at from time to time, just giving comfort by being there. (I am an admitted bookaholic, being surrounded by them gives me comfort ;)) .
Over the years there have been a few “heavy hitters” and today I’ll bring up three of them :).
The big Kahuna: Techniques of a Selling Writer- Dwight Swain. Ok, first off, this book has nothing to do with selling- but if you follow the techniques you will become more sellable. I call this one the big kahuna based on its size and age. This hefty boy has been around since the 60’s and when you read it you can see where sooooooooooo many other writing books got their stuff from. Honestly, there is so much information here, I can't even sum it up. I can promise you that no matter where you are in your writing- you WILL learn something from this book.
The new twist: Method Writing by Jack Grapes. I am just diving into this book after meeting Jack at the SDSU writer’s conference. Jack is also an actor, and his book is based (sort of) on the method acting school of thought…but for writers. This book (and his workshops) really takes a different approach in terms of writing craft- but it works. His first premise is that all writers need to accept that their story is boring. He even tells people to put that on their computer “MY story is boring.” His approach is different than any other writing book I’ve read, and that’s what makes it work. It’s too easy for us as writers to see our craft only one way, jack’s book goes beyond that and pushes our writing- and our thinking about writing- into new and different areas.
The idea generator: The Writer's Complete Fantasy Reference- If you’re working on a fantasy or fantasy romance book- this is a great place to start. Not a craft book really, but a great place to find tidbits of assorted fantasy worlds. Because these tidbits are often small, I would suggest supplementing with a good Google search, but this is great to spark ideas.
Those are just three-I have plenty more ;).
What are some of your favorites? If you could only recommend one book to a new writer- what would you suggest? To a more experienced writer?
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