Book Recommendations, Writer to Writer

You’re busy, I’m busy. It’s hard enough finding the time to read for pleasure, let alone any other kind. And if we do choose to drag ourselves away from our writing, it’s critical that the book be worth it, right? Well, since we DO want to continue learning, growing, and improving, here are some of the books on my own reference shelf – my own personal “Best of the Best” on the writing craft – and why I love them.

On Writing

ON WRITING: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
Why I love it: Written in the inimmitable voice of the master himself, this book is bound to be your go-to resource for all things writing for years to come. Insights into the man, his life, and his craft all combine to make this as much a page-turner as anything he’s ever written.

Bird by Bird

BIRD BY BIRD: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
Why I love it: 
This book is on my permanent book shelf. I can not imagine a time when I wouldn’t be tempted to take it down and re-read some chapter or two – or all of it! – again. Anne Lamott is a kindred soul to this writer, and I thank her for her generosity, her humanity, and her humor. Writing is not often easy, but it is woven into my being, and it is good to know there are guiding spirits like Anne Lamott to take my hand and say, not unkindly, “Suck it up cupcake. You can do this. Moreover, you must.”

Writing Down the Bones

WRITING DOWN THE BONES: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg
Why I love it:
 Full review to come. I told you I was busy 😉

The First 50 Pages

THE FIRST 50 PAGES: Engage Agents, Editors and Readers, and Set Your Novel Up for Success by Jeff Gerke
Why I love it: Full review to come. I told you I was busy 😉

250 Things You Should Know About Writing

Why I love it:
 Hilarious and instructive. Quick tips and insights for writers who are serious about their work but don’t take themselves too seriously. Chuck is NOT for the faint of heart, dear Prudence. But, then again, neither is the writing life. Suck it up and read this book.