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Reading Write: good books about writing

August 25, 2011

Lots of people ask what I read. Everything. One of the best decisions I ever made was to take a speed reading course at Sylvania Northview High School. Who knew? Of course I hate to admit it, but I signed up for the class because it had a great reputation as being easy-shmeazy. However, I did learn to speed read.

On average, I read and complete three books a week, and have just as many books going at one time. I can be in the mood for non-fiction, other times I want to sink my teeth into difficult  fiction, and most often, I want to read kid lit. I don’t always speed read through them all, but it can help.

Like most writers, I do read books about writing. They’re not only helpful to my craft, but provide great inspiration when I’m ready to chuck my computer out the window. If you don’t have them on your shelf already, I highly recommend the following:

Bird by Bird: A. Lamott

On Writing: S. King

On Becoming a Novelist: J. Gardner

The Elements of Style: Strunk/White

GMC: Goal, Motivation, and Conflict:  Dixon

Story: Robert McKee

Self Publishing Manual: Dan Poynter

The Shortest Distance between You and a Published Book: Susan Page

Natalie Goldberg’s books

Take joy: A Writer’s guide to Learning the Craft: Yolen

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They should give you a great start. Read on!

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2 comments

  1. Great list! I’d also recommend William Zinsser’s books.


  2. Great suggestions!
    Also impressive! When I first got my Kindle I would read about a book a week, but I never got close to your speed! 🙂



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