The Writing Books On Which This Budding Author Depends

Posted: November 11, 2013 in Books, For Fun, On Writing
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Writing Books on My DeskIt must be said that I have a pretty extensive library of books, and I’ve begun to add literary magazines to the shelves now, as well. A good part of this library includes books on writing, on editing, on reading like a writer, and those full of writing exercises that keep me from falling prey to the boredom-born monster who goes by the name of Writer’s Block.

At present, I most depend on three writing books:

  • Method and Madness by Alice LaPlante
    This book is a detailed guide of how to create a story.  Now, I know that most writers at this level don’t feel that they need such a book any longer (after all, most of us have written stories and even edited them to perfection – why would we need to learn about creating a story?  I’m not finished…), but this book is also full of exercises, which allow its readers to explore their artistic side, find their voice, and exercise out some of the aspects of writing with which they’re not as comfortable.  It’s a great tool, and I’ve found it’s like taking a creative writing class, only without the homework deadlines, which does make ‘taking the class’ much more fun.
  • A Writer’s Book of Days by Judy Reeves
    This book includes a writing prompt for every day of the year.  Now, you might think that this is kind of dull because you’ll be finished with it in a year.  I, however, would challenge anyone who thinks this to buy the book, and try to write every single writing prompt, no matter what it is, every single day for a whole year.  If you can do this, then purchasing the book will certainly not have been a waste for it will have made you write every single day.  If, like me, you are working on stories that require daily attention, and cannot manage to write on every prompt, every day for the entire year, then this book will serve you well on days when you have to set the novel aside, and write something – anything else.In addition to writing prompts, this book also contains writing tools and advice and short to-do lists for writers that keep you entertained throughout the year, while sneaking some additional writer tools into your toolbox.  It’s definitely worth looking into for those writers who want to improve their craft.
  • A Writer’s Workbook by Caroline Sharp
    Finally, this book is full of much more challenging exercises, as well as daily warm-ups.  It’s meant to improve your writing and stave off the Writer’s Block Monster by challenging you to incorporate every day events and interactions into that day’s exercise.  You can’t even use the lack-of-inspiration excuse to ignore these exercises.  Best of all, many of the writing exercises offer flexibility for many different genres and types of writing so that no matter what kind of writer you are you can make use of it, and work your way into your top writing form.

Without these books, I can only imagine how my year might devolve into a Writer’s Block fuelled unproductive block of time in which I might struggle constantly with lethargy.  But, no.  Whenever I feel like I’m heading off track or I need a break from the arduous journey that is novel-writing, these books pull me back up, and give me the courage and tools to continue onward.  I hope they can do the same for you.

Thank you for reading, and have a lovely day!