Books on writing
posted by shuri on 2007-04-05 23:00:56
tags: news,writing
I have recently read two good books on writing I wanted to share with you. The first has the populistic and somewhat provocative name "How to Write a Damn Good Novel" by James N. Frey. It is simply an excellent book! The book gives the reader a speedy introduction to all the basic concepts of a novel, including characters, conflict viewpoint and dialogue. So, even if you have never taken a literature course in your life, you will get to know all the concepts you are expected to know. The book also contains many references to other books so you know where to get further information.

Another excellent book, albeit totally different, is called "Bird by Bird" by Anne Lamott. Lamott covers some of the same issues that Frey does but in a much more "zenful" sort of way. The book is full of personal stories and experiences that should help the novice writer. The first 100 pages were great. At some stage it became a bit too...zenful for me.

Many issues are common in such books: accepting your first draft is going to be bad in order to overcome the perfectionist's freeze, not forcing your ideas on your book and getting to know your characters rather than forcing them to act the way you want them to.

One more book I suddenly remembered is "On Writing" by Stephen King. If you like the author and want to be a writer too you should enjoy it. It is a combination of writing advice and a personal memoir that is fun to read.

So read, write, and be happy.