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Some Favorite Books on Writing

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Writing Alone and with Others
Writing Alone and with Others
"An excellent book full of exercises, tips, and practical advice about writing alone or in workshops. AWA method explained."
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
"The first book on writing I ever read. Lamott's voice is funny and self-aware as she teaches. Recommended even for non-writers."
Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within
Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within
"This book will make you want to write. Goldberg mixes zen and writing with wonderful results."
The Artist's Way
The Artist's Way
"A course in freeing your creative self, a step at a time, and treating yourself with kindness."
How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy
How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy
"An excellent book not only for sci-fi/fantasy writers, but for others as well. World-building and character consistency are some of the things Card deals with."
WHAT IF? (Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers)
WHAT IF? (Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers)
"This book's sections each focus on a different area of writing (ex. Beginnings, Plot, Mechanics), and contain a series of exercises to strengthen your writing from a different, engaging angle. It's short, concise, and easy to read and write to in bite-size chunks of time. It was the only book I took with me on a two week vacation, and I enjoyed it so much I didn't need another."
Chapter After Chapter: Discover the Dedication and Focus You Need to Write the Book of Your Dreams
Chapter After Chapter: Discover the Dedication and Focus You Need to Write the Book of Your Dreams
"A collection of conversational essays and prompts to accompany you through writing your novel, keep you from wandering off with a "Sexy Next Book" before your current one is complete, and to help you protect time necessary for your writing. The book as a whole is like a comfortable chat with a friend who's been where you're going, and wants to help you get there too."
On Writing
On Writing
"The second writing book I read. King's tips on editing and description were especially helpful."
Elements of Fiction Writing - Characters & Viewpoint
Elements of Fiction Writing - Characters & Viewpoint
"A helpful guide to creating believable characters and choosing the best viewpoint to tell a story."
Writing Fiction: The Practical Guide from New York's Acclaimed Creative Writing School
Writing Fiction: The Practical Guide from New York's Acclaimed Creative Writing School
"This book has practical essays by various authors on everything from why one writes fiction to editing and selling finished works."
The Right to Write: An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life
The Right to Write: An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life
"Inspirational short essays are followed by exercises that bring the reader further into self-discovery and the writing life."
How to Write a Dirty Story: Reading, Writing, and Publishing Erotica
How to Write a Dirty Story: Reading, Writing, and Publishing Erotica
"A good place for the beginning erotic writer to get ideas, overcome common roadblocks, and learn about the history of erotic writing."