Creative Writing from Scratch

A Listmania! list by Just call me J (Melbourne, Australia)
The list author says: "Since April of 2090, when I read Stephen King's "On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft", I have been writing daily and reading copiously. These are the two first commandments of writing. I have reached the point now at which I am still writing daily and rising before six each day to do so. And I am reading, as I always did, as much as my newly retired status permits, which is a lot.
I have at last "come out" and joined a writer's group and we give each other support and feedback. I have nothing worthy of publishing yet but the joy is in the writing and these books, in my list, are the ones that helped me and might help you too."
On Writing
1.  On Writing by Stephen King
The list author says:
  "Loved this book. Funny as anything I've ever read (the first half of the book is autobiography) and, as I wrote in my review, surprisingly inspiring - the "surprisingly" in there is because I wasn't expecting to be inspired to write.
It's another one that I read twice (so far)."
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Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within (Shambhala Library)
2.  Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within (Shambhala Library) by Natalie Goldberg
The list author says:
  "I love this woman's work. It is not particularly helpful if you are looking for specifics of fiction but I nevertheless found it very inspiring and supportive."
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Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
3.  Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
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  "Inspiring. There is the potential for despair in an aspiring writer's life. This is the book to get you through those times.
Don't imagine that it's all this book is good for. It's a damn good laugh too.
A good friend of a book. I have read and re-read it."
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The Portable MFA in Creative Writing
4.  The Portable MFA in Creative Writing by New York Writers Workshop
The list author says:
  "I only just received my copy of this book but already it is refining my technique. This is a book on the details of the craft of writing. Detailed and usefully directive."
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If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit
5.  If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit by Brenda Ueland
The list author says:
  "Wonderful book. Just look how old it is and still, for all it's quaintness of phraseology, it is a really helpful and very inspiring text.
I've lent mine out. I'll have to get another copy. It's too good not to re-read, and not just once."
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The Pocket Muse Endless Inspiration: New Ideas for Writing (No. 2)
6.  The Pocket Muse Endless Inspiration: New Ideas for Writing (No. 2) by Monica Wood
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  "Helpful. This book jerks me out of the rut I sometimes find myself in."
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On Becoming a Novelist
7.  On Becoming a Novelist by John Gardner
The list author says:
  "Again, this is invaluable for aspiring writers.
John Gardner was a painstaking writer of beautiful fiction.
He has a lot to teach."
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The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers
8.  The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers by John Gardner
The list author says:
  "Really good, detailed instructions.
I just wish this guy was still alive so I could study under him."
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One Year to a Writing Life: Twelve Lessons to Deepen Every Writer's Art and Craft
9.  One Year to a Writing Life: Twelve Lessons to Deepen Every Writer's Art and Craft by Susan M. Tiberghien
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  "This is a good guide to the writer's life; best used as a guide over a year of writing. That of course is implicit in the title. The only problem with that is that you might try to follow too many guides at once, using other such guides at the same time. If you do it might get difficult.
Also, this author has a Jungian take on things, which I am in sympathy with to a major extent."
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