Thursday, April 15, 2010

2 Best Books on the Craft of Writing


Just read this post on Jody Hedlund's blog with an awesome list of books on the craft of writing suggested by a number of tweeting writers.

http://jodyhedlund.blogspot.com/p/writing-books.html

Here are a few more of my favorites:

How to Grow A Novel: The Most Common Mistakes Writers Make And How To Overcome Them by Sol Stein
The Plot Thickens: 8 Ways to Bring Fiction to Life by Noah Lukeman
Writing the Blockbuster Novel by Albert Zuckerman
Manuscript Makeover: Revision Techniques No Fiction Writer Can Afford to Ignore by Elizabeth Lyon
Fine Print: Reflections on the Writing Art by James J. Kilpatrick

And for anyone writing fantasy for kids, I would like to recommend:

The Green and Burning Tree: On the Writing and Enjoyment of Children's Books by Eleanor Cameron

(And yes, for those of you who have read WW--that is where it came from. It's been twenty years since I first read this book and it has stuck with me ever since!)

Happy reading!

Martina

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for the great suggestions. I haven't been reading books on craft lately. I should. I'm going to read some on your list, especially the one for fantasy writers.

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  2. Hi Natalie, let me know what you think of it. The books used for examples are old, but I'd prefer to think of them as classics. :-D It's about high fantasy in the purest, most magical sense and introduced me to some of my favorite children's books of all time. I hope you like it!

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