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?



  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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