Favourite Writing Books

Posted November 20, 2019 by Maire in meme, Whimsy / 23 Comments

No Thanksgiving for me, please, I’ve already had one.

I’m Canadian, so I celebrated Thanksgiving back in October. The week before I joined the blog hop, everyone was discussing books that explained a subject of their choice. Let’s look at my favourite writing books!

Wednesday Weekday Blogging Challenge

The WednesdayWeekly Blogging Challenge is a weekly blog hop hosted byย Long and Short Reviews. Last week we talked about our strange and unusual talents. This week our friends in the USA are discussing thankfulness and gratitude. How about you check them out?

Favourite Writing books

I bet you were sure I was going to choose knitting. My friends, you can have too much of a good thing.

Stephen King's On Writing, Steering the Craft by Ursula K. LeGuin, and Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass

Stephen King: On Writing

I think just about every writer has a copy of this stashed away somewhere. We had a digital copy we’d purchased long ago, and about two years ago came home from a convention with a fresh, new paperback. King’s methods are more intuitive than others, but it comes from years of practice. I think folks often forget he actually studied the craft at a university level.

Steering the Craft: Ursula K. LeGuin

We picked this up on our Cee’s recommendation. LeGuin wrote beautiful fantasy novels. Her craft book is full of exercises to help you learn how to steer your own fantastic draft craft.

Writing the Breakout Novel: Donald Maass

Donald Maass runs one of the most successful literary agencies in New York. It’s particularly notable for the amount of successful Science Fiction and Fantasy authors it represents. Writing the Breakout Novel gives insight into important aspects of writing such as the premise, stakes, and advanced plot structures. It’s a technical book, so yes, it can be dry in places. Does it have good information? You bet your bippie it does.

Do you have any favourite books that you’d like to share? Are you an American celebrating Thanksgiving? Remember: It’s not the tryptophan in the turkey that gets you…it’s the amount of stuffing ๐Ÿ˜‰


23 responses to “Favourite Writing Books

    • I definitely get new things out of it whenever I read it. The audiobook is also good. It’s narrated by King, so it’s like taking a workshop from him ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Not sure, but I think I have it around here somewhere. Probably in digital. If not, I’ll take a look for it on Kobo/Amazon ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I’m right with you. For a while, my mother tried to serve Ham at one of the holiday meals. I’m pretty sure my brother and I led a revolt on that one. Turkey all the way! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Exactly! My birthday is in July and back when I was still living at home, one year, my mom randomly decided to do Thanksgiving dinner for my birthday. My family thought we were nuts, but it became a tradition of sorts. ๐Ÿ™‚

        • *Nothing* wrong with turkey in July. Pretty sure the only reason we don’t find an excuse for it around here is the amount of heat it would generate in the kitchen. Air conditioning is for warmer climes than ours ๐Ÿ˜€

          • My mom got one of those portable oven things – I don’t even know what it’s called – so she’d put the turkey in that and cook it in the garage. LOL! But yeah, we live in the desert, the last thing you do here in July is turn on the oven. ๐Ÿ™‚

            • The portable oven sounds good. I live in a province where BBQ and steak are synonymous, so good luck wrangling poultry anywhere near the grill ๐Ÿ˜‰

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