August 4 question – What is your favorite writing craft book? Think of a book that every time you read it you learn something or you are inspired to write or try the new technique. And why?
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
Often, just before I begin writing, I read an essay by Anne Lamont, and a blog post by Ann Voskamp. Although not typical ‘how to write’ readings, each time I learn about form, language, and how to engage a reader. Their voices are different, but their quality of writing is top notch in my opinion!
Non-Fiction Writing Craft Books
Two books that are just a reach away whenever I write are Tell It Slant by Brenda Miller and Suzanne Paola, and Slice me some truth (Wolsak and Wynn). Both of these resources inspire my creative non-fiction writing with their instruction and powerful essays. Slice me some truth is also all Canadian creative non-fiction, feeding my Canada patriotism!
And, of course, I have Strunk and and White’s Elements of Style that I should be referring to more. I also should read The Wrong Word Dictionary (Dave Dowling) that I bought two years ago. Those are a couple of ‘should’s’ but how do you get away from your should’s as a writer? Procrastination is my never-ending battle it seems.
Have any book suggestions for procrastination? Or books that you continually go back to?