Month: February 2016

5 Books I Love, About Writing

love-of-books

5 Books to Inspire Writers
A big part of being a great writer is to be a great reader.
Like a chef visiting different eating establishments looking for ideas for new flavor combinations and techniques. Writers “visit” other writers’ work for very similar reasons.

Today I want to share with you a specific group of books. These are books
about writing. They are all books that I found to be helpful and inspiring.

On Writing, Stephen King
“Kill your darlings,” this is one of the many great pieces of advice found in this memoir/writing tips book by fear master Stephen King.

The Artist’s Way,Julia Cameron
There is so much that I love about this book and would recommend,particularly for writers who are just finding their writer selves. This book has many useful exercises and prompts to connect any artist(writers included)with his or her creative self.

Writing that Works, 11th Edition,Roman and Raphaelson
Although this book is written specifically for business writing, the lessons can be transfered across all writing genres. For example, “involve the audience” and “frame the subject with a point of view.” There are many gems in this publication. I love this book and I think you will too!

Writing & Editing For Digital Media,Brain Carroll
This is a great how-to book for blogging and writing for the web that gives the writer all the nuts and bolts information needed to put together a pro blog. It is well worth the money.

Style Guides,Various
A style guide– get one! Every writer needs a style guide. Even if it is only for a personal blog, it is a good idea to at least look through some style guides. Pick the one that works for your style of writing and go with it. Style guides are the difference between the hobbiest and the pros and those who know, know the difference.

With these 5 books a new writer/blogger can be inspired, connect to their inner artist, begin their writing life, and be given the tools and structure needed to be successful communicating ideas to the audience of his or her choosing. These books make writing better, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I have!
Until next time…