So You Want to Write a Book – 5

Writers generally become writers because they are readers first. Actually, they are readers first, last, and always.

Most writers I know have a shelf (or several shelves) full  of books. Some of them are for reading pleasure; some are for inspiration; others are designed to help the writer hone the craft of writing.

Writing is a discipline as much as an art. And like other disciplines, it can be taught.

Two books that you will find on many writer’ shelves are William Zinsser’s On  Writing Well and Strunk and White’s Elements of Style. They are considered foundational by much of the writing community. Another favorite of many is Ann Lamott’s Bird by Bird.

If it’s by James Scott Bell, I’m looking at it very carefully. Randy Ingermanson is another favorite of mine. Then there’s Larry Brooks and Jeff Goins.

There are a host of others, but this will give you a start on building your own writing library.

When you have hit a wall or a blank spot in your writing, reading about writing may just give you the jump start you need to get rolling again.

Do you have a favorite writing author?


About Judith Robl

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2 Responses to So You Want to Write a Book – 5

  1. Judith Robl says:

    Thank you for stopping by here, Shirley. I’m so behind on my week this week, I’m panting on the floor. (( Hugs))


  2. My favourite author is the one who covers what I need at that time. 🙂 We hardly ever get writing books in our shops here so I constantly give thanks for eBooks! Looking forward to your Thankful Thursday post….last day to link up!! Thankful Thursday#5


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