I love reading books for writers by writers: what writers have to say about the craft, how they handle certain aspects of putting pen to paper (or fingers to keys), what an average day looks like, etc. It’s why I religiously follow blogs like She’s Novel and Blots & Plots.
When my dad gifted me a copy of Stephen King’s On Writing last year, I realized that I probably couldn’t consider myself a “writer” until I’d read it, and it got me thinking about all of the other writing craft books that were on my ever-growing TBR list. This year, I’ve decided to conquer this specific category of that list, and you can follow me along for the ride. Every month I’ll tackle one of these books for writers in a series I’m calling Words on Words.
Excited? Here’s my list for the year:
Words on Words: Books for Writers by Writers
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
How to Write Bestselling Fiction by Dean Koontz
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
Plot & Structure: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting a Plot that Grips Readers from Start to Finish by James Scott Bell
Getting into Character: Seven Secrets a Novelist Can Learn from Actors by Brandilyn Collins
Story Engineering: Mastering the 6 Core Competencies of Successful Writing by Larry Brooks
Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or Mutinous Crew by Ursula K. LeGuin
Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield
The Writing Life by Annie Dillard
Read along or just visit the blog for my recap, including my favorite writer-friendly quote from each book and a handful of tips I’ll be using in my own writing.