Recommended Books on Writing

Here are a few of my recommendations for books dedicated to writing. Please feel free to share your suggestions as well.

  • The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. – A classic. This is a must-have reference for all writers. A simple and logical approach to the basic prinicples of composition, grammar, word usage, and writing style.
  • On Writing by Stephen King – This book is split into two sections: the first section tells about the life of Stephen King, and the section section is dedicated to the craft of creative writing. An inspirational and eye-opening read.
  • The First Five Pages: A Writer’s Guide to Staying Out of the Rejection Pile by Noah Lukeman – Noah is a literary agent, and he gives valuable insight into the world of publishing. The First Five Pages discusses: the primary problems found in most beginning writers’ works and how to improve in those areas, the writing of good dialogue, and the development of characters, setting, and pacing, among other things.
  • The Plot Thickens: 8 Ways to Bring Fiction to Life by Noak Lukeman – Another good one by Noak Lukeman. The first three chapters of this book focus on character, and the last half of the book discusses the building of narrative, suspense, and conflict in your story.
  • Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott – An inspirational read for any aspiring writer. A positive and motivational read dedicated to the craft of creative writing.

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My life has been pretty simple. I grew up in Alabama and graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor's in Advertising. I have spent about the last ten years in web development. In 1998, a friend of mine and I started a web design company we ran for three or four years before deciding to close it due to the demands of school. Since then, I stayed in the web working with various companies in Alabama. I worked for a brief period with Southern Progress, namely with Southern Living magazine and Health magazine, in their web departments. While there, I also wrote for Southern Living magazine, Health.com., and the company's internal newsletter. I write as much as I can. For the last five years, I have been working on my first novel. I am on the third revision now and hope to be finished with this draft by the end of the year. I also write short fiction, though not as frequently as I used to due to the time I spend on the novel. My goal is to have my novel published in the next three years. Other interests include: History (particularly medieval and ancient civlizations), Reading, Foreign Language (I currently speak Spanish but plan to learn as many as I can), Landscape Photography, the outdoors, sports (especially college football), and Travel.

One thought on “Recommended Books on Writing”

  1. Here’s a few on screenwriting that I’ve found helpful:

    1. How Not to Write a Screenplay by Denny Martin Flinn
    2. Screenwriting 101 by Neill D. Hicks
    3. The Screenwriter’s Bible by Dave Trottier
    4. Writing the Screenplay by Alan Armer

    Out of the above list my favorites are #1 and #3.

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