On Writing

A list of some of my favorite books on the craft.  I’d love to read your comments below with books you’ve read that have helped you learn the craft.

And readers, if you decide to pick up one of these books, please purchase them from your local, independent bookseller or find it at your local library.

Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg – This book is by far the best, when you’re a new writer and just starting out.  It definitely lives up to it’s subtitle.

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield – The kick in the ass you need to stop making excuses.

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing & Life by Anne Lamott – Thoughtful wisdom from an amazing writer

Catching the Big Fish by David Lynch – Writings about Zen and creativity from one of my favorite artists.

How to Write a Lot by Paul J. Silvia, PhD. – Practical lessons on how to write prolifically and consistently. Silvia writes this book for academics, but even if you’re not an academic writer, you can learn a lot from his advice. The most important: creating a writing schedule and sticking to it.

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. sandradan1 says:

    ‘Writing down the Bones’ was one of the first ‘how to’ books I read. Have you tried Robert McKee’s ‘Story’?

    1. wordsavant says:

      I have not, but I picked up the audiobook at the library recently. I’ve heard good things about it. Thanks for the suggestion!

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