Saturday, March 08, 2008

Books on Writing - Some of the Best

For creative writers, there are myriad books that will provide inspiration and information on the craft. If you are looking for advice on character development, plot construction, scene descriptions, and overall writer-centered resources, the following might help. I’ve listed some of my favorite books on writing – believe me, I’ve read a ton of ’em. Books on writing cannot make us better writers, but they can inspire ideas and give some insight to an often-mysterious craft. Enjoy.

No particular order:

How to Write by Richard Rhodes. One of the first I ever read. Good, straightforward, sound advice.

On Writing by Stephen King. The master of horror and suspense gives away some of his secrets.

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. One of the best.

Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg. Creative, inspirational writing tips and motivation. Includes some great exercises.

Story by Robert McKee. Designed for screenwriters, but has excellent information and advice on plotting strong stories and creating believable characters.

Making Your Own Days by Kenneth Koch. A great book on writing poetry by one of the masters of the genre.

Fun with Grammar

Woe is I by Patricia O’Connor. Grammar advice with a sense of humor. Who knew?

And if you still need more inspiration, try viewing Wes Anderson's The Darjeeling Limited. It's a great visual odyssey with eccentric, disfuntional characters. Of course it does; it's a Wes Anderson film.