At yesterday’s meeting Valerie brought her battered Houghton-Mifflin style guide, much-loved since college. While we were doing an editing exercise, several people asked for it. There is nothing like a familiar resource when you’re trying to solve a problem.
So build your reference shelf with the tools that help you write. Technical help, like dictionaries, thesaurii and style guides, inspiration from beloved writers, sources of publishers, challenges, exercises that will keep you motivated.
Kay had a great idea: she asked for a good dictionary for a gift – so much more useful than another gadget.
Here are some of my recommendations. Please leave more suggestions in the comments!
On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction by William Zinsser
100 Ways to Improve Your Writing by Gary Provost
Self Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself Into Print by Renni Browne & Dave King
The Plot Whisperer: Secrets of Story Structure Any Writer Can Master by Martha Alderson
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg
The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. & e.b. white