Best Books on Writing

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717 books · 1,459 voters · list created March 27th, 2009 by Lavinia (votes) .
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message 1: by Ilze (new)

Ilze ... an no-one has even mentioned Julia Cameron??!


message 2: by Merrilee (new)

Merrilee Ilze wrote: "... an no-one has even mentioned Julia Cameron??!"
I voted for her :)


message 3: by Ilze (new)

Ilze Phew!


message 4: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting by syd field ...enjoyable read love the refrences to great movies and his personal experience, its very well written and keeps u intrested ...:)


message 5: by Illise (new)

Illise Montoya Spunk and Bite. If you want to find ways to energize your writing, this book will do it!


message 6: by James (new)

James Piper Janet Burroway's Writing Fiction should be first on the list, but I know why. It's a dense read, geared towards formal studies.


message 7: by Michael (new)

Michael T Story Engineering is outstanding


message 8: by Beth A. (new)

Beth A. I seem to recall reading one of those books on grammar for the doomed and found it easy on the brain. By the by,I have a new writing group I'm trying to get started here:

http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/6...

I also posted a listopia list that includes my favorite poets there as well.


message 10: by Rachel (new)

Rachel Willis I agree that Burroway's Writing Fiction is the best of the best when it comes to books on writing. Though geared toward the academic setting, it can be easily used by the casual writer. Each chapter covers a different aspect of writing, includes exercises to hone that part of your writing, and short stories that exemplify the lesson.


message 11: by Asha (last edited Feb 07, 2013 09:52PM) (new)

Asha Seth Well, I doubt if
Twilight
Pride and Prejudice
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
And Then There Were None

belong with this category. Isn't this supposed to be the Best Books on Writing list?


message 12: by Ilze (new)

Ilze Ha-ha! Clearly some people just want to put "Twilight" into every list they can find ...


message 13: by Arti (last edited Aug 10, 2013 08:55PM) (new)

Arti Ilze wrote: "Ha-ha! Clearly some people just want to put "Twilight" into every list they can find ..."

There's so many fiction books that shouldn't be on this list.


message 14: by Thérèse (new)

Thérèse Ilze wrote: "... an no-one has even mentioned Julia Cameron??!"
She's mentioned twice. I voted for her.


message 15: by Ilze (new)

Ilze Wonderful!! :)


message 16: by Tracyyang (new)

Tracyyang M


message 17: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Deleted a TON of books that have nothing to do with writing.


message 18: by Adam (new)

Adam Delete 270 & 271 Garp & La Plante are fiction and not about writing


message 19: by Booklovinglady (new)

Booklovinglady 'Books on spelling': the first thing that comes to mind are dictionaries...


message 20: by Thérèse (new)

Thérèse Merrilee wrote: "Ilze wrote: "... an no-one has even mentioned Julia Cameron??!"
I voted for her :)"


James wrote: "Janet Burroway's Writing Fiction should be first on the list, but I know why. It's a dense read, geared towards formal studies."


message 21: by Thérèse (last edited Oct 02, 2016 02:24AM) (new)

Thérèse I followed Julia Cameron by book and tape and she taught me so much. I took a night class,too and the "text" was Janet Burroway's Writing Fiction. So those two are on my Books On Writing bookcase, along with Bird by Bird and most of Natalie Goldberg's books.


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