Recommended reading

I’m thinking of popping over to the bookstore today after work.

I’ve been on the lookout for a book called. The First Five Pages - Noah Lukeman, but have not had much luck finding it ( other than online.)

I could buy it online, but I am in a shopping mood, and there is just something about walking into a bookstore to get a new book. I love the smell. I love the variety. I love wandering through the shelves looking for something new and unique.

I’m in editing mode still so I am not looking to read for pleasure. I need research and development books.

What are your favorite writing books? Got any suggestions for me?

So far, favorites in my collection include;

Grammar Girl – Mignon Fogarty A big thanks to my older sister for sending this to me!

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers - Renni Browne and Dave King I love this book. I keep it next to my desk when I am editing my chapters.

Spunk & Bite - Arthur Plotnik - Keep a dictionary handy when reading this one. You will learn lots of new words. LoL!

Comments

Jody Hedlund said…
Well, since you asked! I just got a box from Amazon yesterday in the mail with two new writing books. The lady doing my edits suggested I buy Donald Maass's Breakout Novel and the accompanying workbook. I'd already read the Breakout Novel and wasn't crazy about it (didn't think it was real practical). But the workbook looks REALLY good. My editor suggested I use it as I make my edits.

The other book I got was James Scott Bell's Revision and Self-Editing. I already had his Plot and Structure book and loved it! The Self-Editing looks good too!
Lady Glamis said…
I don't know how helpful it would be to you, but I really like the basic nature of The Art of Fiction by John Gardner. It says it's for young writers, but I find most of his advice spot on.
quixotic said…
Great suggestions so far! Keep them coming.
Jessica said…
I'm horrible with craft books. Don't ask me.
But I absolutely LOVE bookstores and am very jealous that you get to meander through one. :-)
Janna Qualman said…
I've heard great things about The First Five Pages! Haven't read it yet, though.

I recommend Stephen King's On Writing, Donald Maass' Writing the Breakout Novel, and Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird (which I could only find online). Good luck!