Writing Can Be Murder

August 21, 2007

“How to” books

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferelbaum @ 9:15 am

I’ve got a bunch of marathon training books and none of them advocate the same exact training program, but most of them regurgitate the same advice: build base mileage.

Basically, in order to reach your goal, you’ve got to walk (or, if you must, run) ALOT.

I’ve got a favorite marathon book. “The NonRunner’s Marathon Guide for Women: Get Off Your Butt and On With Your Training” by Dawn Dais. This is one of the funniest books I’ve ever read & I’d recommend  reading it even if you have no interest in completing a marathon.

 I’ve read a bunch of writing books and, like the marathon books, they all give the same advice: study your craft, study the market and develop your voice.

 In order to reach your writing goal, you’ve got to read and write ALOT.

What is your favorite writing book?

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3 Comments »

  1. My favorite: Writing Down the Bones. But I like it because it doesn’t have anything about structure, plot, characters, etc. It’s more inspirational and brings me back to the basics.

    Comment by Kate Perry — August 21, 2007 @ 11:07 am

  2. My favorite has been Stephen King’s On Writing. It may not be a ‘How to’ necessarily, but it lays it on the line what’s involved in the business it taught me a lot.

    Comment by Jennifer Colgan — August 22, 2007 @ 8:41 am

  3. Kate: Writing Down the Bones seems to be one of those books that people either love or hate, much like Bird by Bird or The Artist’s Way.

    Jennifer: I’m with you on SK’s On Writing — not sure I learned anything but it’s definitely inspirational.

    Comment by jenniferelbaum — August 22, 2007 @ 9:46 am


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