By Jennifer Debenham
Whenever I attend one of these classes, I listen carefully when the instructor recommends a book on writing, because, let's face it, I love to read just as much as I love to write. Sometimes even more.
Because of this, I've acquired quite a collection of writing books. Some I've read all the way through; others (with stars) I've got on my "to do" list.
Have you read any of these?
If so, what are your favorites?
*Save the Cat and Save the Cat Strikes Back, by Blake Snyder. These books were both recommended at this year's LDStorymaker's Conference.
How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy and *Characters and Viewpoint, by Orson Scott Card.
Story Engineering: Mastering the 6 Core Competencies of Successful Writing, by Larry Brooks. He was the keynote speaker at last year's LDStorymaker's Conference.
How to Read Novels Like a Professor, by Thomas C. Foster. Great for learning how to disect novels and get more out of them.
*Stein on Writing, by Sol Stein.
*Writing the Breakout Novel, by Donald Maass.
*Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting, by Robert McKee. This book was recommended by David Farland/Wolverton when I attended his week-long seminar in St. George, Utah.
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, by Stephen King. Even though I haven't read any of his other books, this book was recommended to me over and over so many times that I finally broke down and read it. I wasn't disappointed.
*Immediate Fiction, by Jerry Cleaver.
How I Write, by Janet Evanovich, another book that was recommended so many times I finally picked it up. Loved it too.
So these are my books. Writing them down like this has reminded me how much I want to finish some of them and review others. Of course there's definitely no better substitute for just buckling down and writing to improve your grasp on the craft. No one ever became a successful writer simply by reading how to do it, but these are some great resources.
What would you add to the list?
And while we're sharing our lists, what are your favorite websites or blogs on writing?