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Recommended books for writers

No matter what anyone tries to tell you writing is a craft that can be continually improved. To that end I have some suggestions for writing craft books that will help demystify all of the misconceptions that surround the practice.

The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman


  Conveying emotion is one of the most important tasks of a writer. When you're trying publish on a regular basis or on a deadline sometimes inspiration fails. For those difficult moments an  excellent resource is The Emotion Thesaurus. The book lists 75 emotions and the various body language and visceral responses as well as more in depth information to truly flesh out those moments when you need to convey a particular emotion without resorting to the dreaded telling that is so verboten for fiction writers.

A Room Of One's Own by Virginia Woolf


A manifesto of sorts for the troubles that once beset women who wanted to write but the central idea of the work, the idea that at the heart of it all was the need for a room, a place of solitude to work from is timely for all would be writers regardless of gender.

On Writing by Stephen king

A writing craft book that reveals itself through important events in his life so the lessons of craft are placed in the framework of his life, which is what fiction is, a mélange of reality and fiction intermingled so as to highlight a deeper truth,

Bird by Bird by Anee Lamott

The title of this excellent book is taken from an event in Lamott's childhood. Her brother asked her father how he would go about writing a school report on birds. Her father's advice to her brother was take it "one bird at a time." The anecdote neatly sums up the great number of anecdotes that make up this book and also make it so valuable.

The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron

There’s lots of good advice to tap into your creativity and take a new approach to your work.

These are just a few examples. I'm sure you have some of your own favorites. I welcome you to share them.
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