writing-book-1Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

This is perhaps the grand-daddy of all writing books, and it’s no surprise. Anne Lamott is encouraging, informative, and fun. I really enjoyed it!

From Publisher’s Weekly – “Among the pearls she offers is to start small, as their father once advised her 10-year-old brother, who was agonizing over a book report on birds: “Just take it bird by bird.” Lamott’s suggestion on the craft of fiction is down-to-earth: worry about the characters, not the plot. But she’s even better on psychological questions. She has learned that writing is more rewarding than publication, but that even writing’s rewards may not lead to contentment. As a former “Leona Helmsley of jealousy,” she’s come to will herself past pettiness and to fight writer’s block by living “as if I am dying.”

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writing-books-5The Pen Commandments by Steven FrankThis one is my personal favorite. Not one of my favorites–my absolute favorite. I went from failing grade 12 English to becoming a NYT best-selling author, and I truly believe that this book was the stepping stone that propelled me. It’s basic, but informative. I needed basic, and I also needed a book that would capture my attention. This one did it for me.For more information, visit Amazon*
writing-books-3Stephen King: On Writing: a Memoir of the CraftI read this book on a plane ride, and once I landed at my destination, I couldn’t put it down. It’s really good! Regardless of whether or not you’re a fan of Stephen King books, his take on writing is a must-have for every writer. He’s captivating, sensible, and informative.For more information, visit Amazon*
writing-books-4Book Proposals That Sell by Terry Whalin

I consider author Terry Whalin to be one of my writing mentors. I kept this book nearby for several years until I fully understood the concept of organization. Whether you’re self-publishing, traditional publishing, or setting up a website, this book is a must-have. It leads us through the important questions that help to organize our content. I think that every self-published author should go through Terry’s book at the start of their publishing journey so they have a full understanding of what the finished content will look like, who their target market is, and how they plan to promote the book. It’s for this reason that I include Book Proposals That Sell among my favorite writing books!For more information, visit Amazon*


The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White

This book has consistently been a top seller at Amazon, which is no surprise. It’s a short and to the point, which I really liked.

From Amazon: “You know the authors’ names. You recognize the title. You’ve probably used this book yourself. This is The Elements of Style, the classic style manual, now in a fourth edition. A new Foreword by Roger Angell reminds readers that the advice of Strunk & White is as valuable today as when it was first offered. This book’s unique tone, wit and charm have conveyed the principles of English style to millions of readers. Use the fourth edition of “the little book” to make a big impact with writing.”

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When Bad Grammar Happens to Good People

Remember all of those grammar rules we missed in high school when we should have been paying attention? Ann Batko brings them all back in her book When Bad Gramma Happens to Good People. This book is perfect for anyone who wants to brush up on the rules or learn a few new ones. This book also points out some of the common mistakes we make in writing, which is good for me, because I tend to make a lot of them!

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