Friday, January 7, 2011

Friday Favorites: Writing Books

Okay. I blew it yesterday in coming up with a craft topic. It just seems like so many of them have been covered all over the Internet, adding mine to the mix would be like spitting in the ocean and expecting the sea level to rise.

Anyway, I know I've written about writing books in the past, but in the spirit of combining today and yesterday's topics, here are my three favorites:

1. On Writing by Stephen KingOn Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft
2. Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass.Writing the Breakout Novel
3. Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King.Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Second Edition: How to Edit Yourself Into Print

In my opinion, those are the definitive resources every writer should have on his/her shelf, read and reread in the above order.

Another book I've been getting a lot of use out of lately (even though I don't write chick lit these days) is Will Write for Shoes: How to Write a Chick Lit Novel. Will Write for Shoes: How to Write a Chick Lit NovelCathy Yardley, a friend of mine, is a plotting genius and a fabulous teacher of craft. For inspiration, check out her new writing blog,

What are some of your very favorite books on writing?