Curious about the value of books on the craft of writing? There are lots out there, and sometimes it can be hard to find ones that are useful and challenging. As people have praised various ones to me, I’ve ordered them in by interlibrary loan, as our library is quite small and doesn’t have a decent selection. And some of them I’ve gone on to purchase.
Vision: A Resource for Writers is a free bimonthly ezine that features various articles on writing craft in each issue. There’s also a review of a writing book and a review of a website of interest to writers.
Lots of people besides me have submitted reviews on writing books over the years, and in some cases have reviewed books that I own and like, so the following isn’t an exhaustive list of books I like, just the reviews I’ve done.
Snoopy’s Guide to the Writing Life edited by Barnaby Conrad and Monte Schulz (ISBN 1582971943)
Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg (ISBN 1590302613)
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott (ISBN 0385480016)
Beginnings, Middles, and Ends by Nancy Kress (ISBN 0898799058)
Characters, Emotions, and Viewpoint by Nancy Kress (ISBN 1582973164)
Goals, Motivation, and Conflict by Debra Dixon (ISBN 0965437108)
Getting into Character by Brandilyn Collins (ISBN 0471058947)
What are some of your favorite books on writing?