It is imperative to keep honing, developing, and growing one’s writing craft. Some unpublished writers out there might think, “Oh, I’ll make it to the ‘published author’ circle and then I’ll have arrived. Clearly my writing stands on its own. I’ve no need to spend hours pouring over workshop homework or seminar notes.” Wrong. While you may not have the $$ to attend a professional writers’ conference or workshop, I guarantee that you can probably find free or minimally priced books that can help you to grow your writing craft.
I have tons of books from many genres on my to-read list this year, but many of my books are on writing craft. I’ve published two books now and more than ever, I’m aware of the fact that I want to keep growing, learning, and challenging myself to become a better writer. Here are some of the books on my writing craft to-read list this year:
1. On Writing by Stephen King
2. How to be a Writer: Building Your Creative Skills Through Practice and Play by Barbara Baig
3. The Art and Craft of Fiction: A Practitioner’s Manual by Victoria Mixon
4. Getting the Words Right by Theodore Cheney
5. The Art and Craft of Story: 2nd Practitioner’s Manual by Victoria Mixon
6. Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success by K.M. Weiland
Since there are six books on this list, I might try to read one every other month. I’d like to take time to digest the information within and put it to good use, so I don’t want to read more than one at a time. I picked Stephen King’s book, because I’ve heard so many great things about it. Reviews are important to me, so if other writers are telling me to read it, I’ll probably read it. The second book, How to be a Writer, I picked up for free when it was on sale. It also has great reviews. Victoria Mixon is a terrific blogger and editor. I’ve been keeping up with her articles for a long time and have had her books on my to-read list for over a year. Outlining Your Novel would be a great one for me, because I’m a pantser. One of my goals this year is to plan more for my novels. I don’t want to take the “pantser out of me”, but more planning on my part, pre-drafting, would not be such a bad thing, I think.
What writing craft books are on your To-Read list in 2013? Share yours!