I don't rightly recall why I had such an aversion to reading the policies and procedures handbook, except to say that half the stuff was either outdated or outlandish or both. But I do remember how it felt to come back in the middle of December, after my winter vacation, and see that 5" maroon binder staring me in the face. It's the same feeling I got last week, when I looked at my history final and realized everything I knew about the Civil War came from True Blood.
But as I was tidying up my office, the thought occurred to me that maybe it wouldn't be such a bad idea to spend what little bit is left of 2010 re-reading some of my favorite writing books.
Here's a short list:
- The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
- The Fire in Fiction and Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass
- The Elements of Style by Strunk & White
- See Jane Write by Sarah Mlynowski & Farrin Jacobs
- On Writing by Stephen King
- Made to Stick by Chip Heath & Dan Heath
- The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell
- The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing by Evan Marshall
- The Plot Thickens by Noah Lukeman
- Save The Cat! by Blake Snyder
I have others on my shelves that I turn to periodically, but these are the ones I find myself going back to over and over again.
How about you? Which books are your favorites, and which would you deem required reading for writers?