Thursday, August 23, 2012

Back to School Reading List for Writers

Tip of the Day: Miss my Back to School Supply Shopping List for Writers? Read it again HERE.

A couple of weeks ago I blogged a list of cool supplies every writer should have and this week I'm going to go over some must-have books. Starting with,

ON WRITING by Stephen King

This is, I think, the first real writing book I read when I decided I might give writing a go. Sure I read writing basics over the years through schoolwork but this was the first book that hooked me. The first part is memoir and King talks about how he became a writer and the second part is valuable advice for writers. If you haven't read it yet, it's a must.

The next suggested writing book comes from Megg with BIRD BY BIRD by Anne Lamott. This book talks about Anne's joys and struggles as she writes her book and will inspire you to do the same.

Deena suggests we take a look at Cheryl B. Klein's SECOND SIGHT.  This book is a great one to read before querying an agent or editor. Cheryl has been an editor in the Children's and YA market for over ten years and offers tons of advice from how to find the heart of your story to building better characters.

Kate says SELF-EDITING FOR FICTION WRITERS by Renni Browne and Dave King is a must. It is full of tips (and checklists) for you to polish your work as much as possible before submitting for publication.

Emily likes WRITING AND SELLING YOUR MYSTERY NOVEL by Hallie Ephron. It has tons of charts and genre specific suggestions that she finds super useful.

And here's an additional list of writing books our A2AGirls recommend:

See Jane Write: A Girl's Guide to Writing Chick Lit - Sarah Mlynowski and Farrin Jacobs
Writing the Breakout Novel - Donald Mass
Writing Down the Bones - Natalie Goldberg
Take Joy - Jane Yolen
Manuscript Makeover - Elizabeth Lyon
The First Five Pages - Noah Lukeman
Gotham Writer's Workshop Writing Fiction
Steering the Craft - Le Guin
The Writing & Critique Group Survival Guide - Becky Levine
The Elements of Style - Strunk & White
Plot and Structure - James Bell
Creating Character Emotions - Ann Hood
How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy - Orson Card
The Comic Toolbox - John Vorhaus

Kristina, Miss Author in Action

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