Friday, February 18, 2011

TBR Pile: Craft Edition

This week, I went on a craft book shopping spree and came home with a pile of new reads:

Plot Versus Character: A Balanced Approach to Writing Great Fiction, by Jeff Gerke

Showing and Telling: Learn How to Show & When to Tell for Powerful & Balanced Writing, by Laurie Alberts

Fill-in-the-Black Plotting, by Linda George

The Woman In The Story: Writing Memorable Female Characters, by Helen Jacey

Sooo, read any good craft books lately?


Farrah Rochon said...

Being addicted to craft books, I now have to check out all of these. Thanks for enabling me, Phyllis!

Elizabeth Lyon's "Manuscript Makeover" got me through a really rough patch in my story a few weeks ago.

Liane Spicer said...

Wow, loads of new ones to add to my wish list! Thank you Phyllis and Farrah.

I have two current writing reads going: A Writer's Space by Eric Maisel (Shauna's suggestion) and Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way that's been languishing by my bed for far too long. Halfway through first, barely began the second.

Charles Gramlich said...

I just picked up a book on writing that I was recommended. Haven't started it yet. I always recommend my own craft book of course. :) Write with fire.

KeVin K. said...

When I teach a writing course, Weinberg's "The Fieldstone Method" will be my text.
For those who believe in writer's block there's Baty's "No Plot? No Problem!"
Speaking of block's, read Lawrence Block's "Telling Lies for Fun and Profit."
I remember finding very useful information in both Zuckerman's "Writing the Blockbuster Novel" and Maas's "Writing the Breakout Novel," but have to admit it's been years since I read either.
No one will be surprised to hear I am a big fan of both Kris Rusch's "The Freelancer's Survival Guide" and Dean Smith's "Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing."
But one book that had a big impact on my writing isn't about writing at all. Winget's "It's Called Work for a Reason" is about work ethic and self-discipline, two fundamental requirements for anyone making writing a career.