My Favorite Books on Writing
The WordCount Blogathon theme post #1 is a challenge, because if there’s one thing I’m good at doing, it’s reading books about writing. I don’t necessarily put what I read in practice, but I enjoy thinking about it! Here are five of my favorite books on writing, saving the best of them for last.
5) The Pocket Muse, by Monica Wood: I never put much stock into the prewriting exercises that are often recommended to writers until I attended a workshop where we did them at the beginning of each session. I was amazed at how much it really did help. This book is filled with pictures and prompts for just such exercises.
4) On Writing, by Stephen King: Never a big fan of Stephen King (his stuff finds its way into my nightmares), I did enjoy his book on writing. This is a man who works hard! No wonder his books fill a couple of shelves at the library!
3) The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron: A classic, although I’ve never successfully worked all the way through her program. I tend to jump around, taking advantage of the parts that seem needed at the moment.
2) Do the Work, by Steven Pressfield: I am definitely familiar with the Resistance and have benefitted from his normalizing its presence, challenging its “insurmountable” power over us. A good, short pep talk.
And finally . . . drum roll, please . . . my all-time favorite writing book:
1) Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott: I have read and re-read this one so many times that my copy is dog-eared and dirty. I love her permission-giving for sh*tty first drafts and advice on taking on bite-sized chunks of a project. This is, in my opinion, the best book on writing ever.