On Books and Writing

My friend, Eric, wrote about books and reading over at Sinistral Scribblings today. I opened my email and Writer’s Digest is promoting a book called  How to Brainstorm and Develop Awesome Story Ideas. I laughed.  Ideas are never a shortage around here!

Then, I got to wondering.  I have no books on the writing craft on my shelves, though I do have a few punctuation and grammar sites bookmarked. I subscribe to a wonderful blog about writing, Writability, that holds lots of useful tips, and I am surrounded by writerly friends willing to bleed all over my stories. I am learning.

I am. I catch myself going “Oh! Scratch the –ing. Make it –ed instead” or various other things that my friends have taught me through editing.

So, now I question you (Discussion time!):

Do you have writing books on your shelves? Have you read them? Would you buy them again?


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21 thoughts on “On Books and Writing”

  1. Carrie says:

    I have a few. I’ve read some of them and there is usually helpful tidbits. I’ve heard that the physical books are best so you can make notes but i don’t know since i only have ebooks so far 🙂

    1. SAM says:

      That was fast! LOL. I do want Stephen King’s On Writing, but I don’;t know if that’s because I’m a huge fan, or if it’s because it’s good. Perhaps both?

      1. Eric Storch says:

        It is both. Read it. Now.

        1. SAM says:

          I figured. It’s on my Christmas list.

      2. Carrie says:

        I suspect if i ever get to the point of publishing, i’ll start getting more writing books to help polish and fix the consistent problems i note in my writing.

  2. Eric Storch says:

    Thanks for shout out! I do have writing books on my shelves – “The Writer’s Digest Handbook of Novel Writing,” “Elements of Style,” “Elements of Grammar,” “Elements of Editing,” “On Writing,” “The Little, Brown Handbook,” “The Writer’s Digest Guide to Good Writing,” and “Literature and the Writing Process.”

    I have read them all and would read them again, though I typically just use them for reference.


    1. SAM says:

      Do you have a favorite?

      1. Eric Storch says:

        On Writing is a fav, but I use Literature and the Writing Process the most. Old college textbook and all…

        1. SAM says:

          I’m looking into creative writing courses locally. What does Literature and Writing Process help with?

          1. Eric Storch says:

            General writing processes with many examples of poetry, essays and short stories with commentary/discussion.

  3. Marie says:

    A friend of mine loaned me Stephen King’s memoir about the craft. Sorry, I forget the title, but that’s the gist of it. It talks about his beginnings and the repeated let-downs. He talks about where his stories come from and the craft in general. I loved reading it! It’s not a book about how to write mind you, but it is a book about writing!

    1. SAM says:

      Was it Danse Macabre or On Writing?

      1. Marie says:

        I think On Writing… ? I also have another great by Palahniuk called “Stranger than Fiction” which is an assortment of true stories that typically inspire his stories. Loved reading that!

        1. SAM says:

          Oh! That sounds interesting, too!

          1. Marie says:

            Yeah! It was a really interesting read, made me feel like I was hanging out with Chuck himself (I LOVE his stories!)

  4. Tessa says:

    I have a lot of them and read them and read online as well.

    1. SAM says:

      Any favorites?

  5. Cameron says:

    On Writing is the only book about writing I’ve ever enjoyed as a book. But I love Strunk & White for rules and my Screenwriting textbook for story structure.

    1. SAM says:

      Oh, thanks!

  6. Abraham says:

    At the moment, I currently write for fun, so keep that in mind as you read my comment 🙂
    Twisted (or More Twisted) by Jeffery Deaver has a sectio at the end where he talked a bit about how he wrote the stories in that book. I read that and some of it actually stuck and influences the stuff I write (for fun:-) ).
    But I do read about writing online, and to an extent I analyse the writings of others and so on.

    1. SAM says:

      That makes sense. I like it when authors share how they come up with their stuff.

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