What Books On Writing Have You Read or Bought?

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  1. Rzero

    Rzero Active Member

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    Thanks for this! I tend to agree with Stephen King's assertion in On Writing, not that the concept is original to that book or unique to his philosophy, that the best way to learn is to "read a lot; write a lot." Of course it's all good and well for someone with a degree in English to tell us not to read books about technique though, isn't it? He took classes on mechanics and learned the formulas he's advising us not to bother learning. He has the luxury of choosing which parts to ignore because he actually studied them. The truth is, even if one wishes to defy convention or even avoid formulaic techniques, there are still areas in which most of us could use some sound advice. I really appreciate you taking the time to make a list of and explain the reasons behind your top recommendations. I would never get through the three-hundred in your complete collection, so this is helpful. You say these are the best of the ones nobody ever talks about though. Any recommendations you'd like to add for those of us who are unfamiliar with the celebrated standards?
    This subject is of particular interest to me. I lack confidence in this area, to put it mildly, and spend more time writing, rewriting, culling and reverting this element than all others combined. My question is: Is this a book about description and setting, or a book about writing in general with a misleading title, which I'm sure you know is a popular marketing technique in the "how to" realm. I ask, because I'm interested in a focused guide on the matter.
    You mention that some of it's online, but Google Books makes this look like it contains the entire 500+ page volume. Are there things missing?

    Thanks!
     
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    One I'm reading now is "Sizzling Story Outlines" by H.R. D'Costa. I must say, I'm pretty impressed it takes the reader from a "seed" of an idea to a more developed outline. It's the first of a series of books by this author. It's also a part of Kindle Unlimited for those who subscribe to that service.
     
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    Stephen King's On Writing is truly inspiring. Part memoir, part guide. Recommended.
     
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    To me all the books about writing, screenwriting, writing life, thinking, self management, organising thought or workflow... are about writing.

    So are books about world building, characters, some books about research, memoirs which describe writing that memoir...

    And some books about creative business, artistic working in general, backgorund work...

    119 books. 61 of them are in English. 58 in Finnish.

    RRRRespect!!!

    Please pick me 5-10 you like most!
     
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    Some authors from by bookshelf. About writing and things connected to it.

    Scott Adams
    Tapani Bagge
    Lawrence Block
    Ray Brandbury
    Dale Carnegie
    Robert Cialdini
    David Corbett
    Stephen Covey
    Tami Cowden & al
    Lisa Cron
    Charles Duhigg
    Eric Edson
    Richard Feynman
    Syd Field
    Natalie Goldberg
    Juha Hakala
    Joseph Heller
    Lauri Järvilehto
    Riitta Hari &al
    Kari Hotakainen
    Stephen King
    Austin Kleon
    Anne LaMott
    Adair Lara
    Elmore Leonard
    Harri Nykänen
    George Orwell
    Jordan Peterson
    Terry Pratchett
    Jari Ranne
    Lisa Rogak
    Alf Rehn
    Heikki Saari
    Jeffrey Schenchter
    Linda Seger
    Ben Shapiro
    Dani Shapiro
    Blake Snyder
    Kari Suomalainen
    Nassim Taleb
    John Truby
    Saku Tuominen
    Stephen Wade
    Mika Waltari
    Richard Wiseman
    William Zinsser
     
  6. Harmonices

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    I think the above query is for @Seven Crowns
     
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    jannert Moderator Staff Supporter Contributor

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    So interesting. I'm not a fan of Stephen King's novels (I don't dislike them, they just aren't me) but I've heard so many people praise his book on writing—even for people who don't enjoy his other books much. So many people whose opinions I value have recommended On Writing, that I'm going away now to order it for my Kindle.

    Done.
     
  8. Alan Aspie

    Alan Aspie Senior Member

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    Yes.

    There were some problems. What appeared to form was not the same that I posted. I tried to correct it several times, but something did not let me.

    Even now...

    I see something in board. Then I push the edit button. And I see my original post. And it is not the same thing as the text in board.

    I try to copypaste my original here:

    To me all the books about writing, screenwriting, writing life, thinking, self management, organising thought or workflow... are about writing.

    So are books about world building, characters, some books about research, memoirs which describe writing that memoir...

    And some books about creative business, artistic working in general, backgorund work...

    119 books. 61 of them are in English. 58 in Finnish.

    RRRRespect!!!

    Please pick me 5-10 you like most!


    Ok... There was one ] missing and i suppose that leaded things going wrong.

    Sorry.
     
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