There’s so much advice out there: about what to write, how to write, how to sell what you write. It can seem overwhelming. But in the small ocean of books about writing, there are some that I’ve found to be especially helpful, so I thought I’d pass on a few, just in case you might be looking for some inspiration, support, and craft tips:
The Elements of Style by William Strunk & E.B. White — This is a classic and for good reason. It offers pithy, helpful usage pointers and the 21 tips that E.B. White offers on style are timeless and so engagingly written!
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott — This is a guide to be cherished for Annie’s loving yet realistic take on the writing life. Her advice on writing first drafts is priceless — and so encouraging!
A Writer’s Coach by Jack Hart — While geared to nonfiction feature writers, this book is rich with valuable advice on voice, structure, grammar, and usage. A great resource!
Plot by Ansel Dibell — I’ve been working through this guide and using some of the advice it offers to tighten up my YA novel. It’s easy to read and very well structured. I would definitely check this out if you are dealing with plot issues, as I certainly am!
Are there any writing guides that you find especially helpful? I’d love to have you share them. And let’s write on!