Writing Books

Woke up at 7, have to hit the grocery store, dry cleaners and library. Then we’re getting new phones. I have to finish judging a GP entry, have three sets of critiques for SARA and a slightly revised schedule on my own revisions.

Here are the writing books in my TBR. Also I have the conference books from 2006 and 2007 I haven’t read. Any opinions on any of these?

This is what I feel like I have now.

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I know Marianne likes Donald Maass. I haven’t even cracked the book.

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My friend Esri recommended this one. I stink at endings, so maybe this should be a top choice.

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I’ve heard a lot of good things about this one. I’d like to try to read it before NaNo.

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5 comments:

dawn said...

i like the list of what you have learned, mary.
i will share it with vv...she wants to be a writer, too.

Marianne Arkins said...

I don't know about Karen Wiesner's writing book... but I'll tell you what -- she's doing something right. We've reviewed a bunch of her stuff at the LASR blog, and she gets nothing but rave reviews.

And, yeah... Maass is awesome. But he's TOUGH. And he makes you think. So sometimes I just can't face him. Charity is the HUGE Maass fan. It's her fault I even cracked the book :-)

MaryF said...

Awesome about V, Dawn! I knew from the time I was her age, too. I wish I hadn't let others talk me out of it.


Neat, Marianne. I notice a lot of times writing gurus don't write much themselves - I always wonder about that. But that Karen does is neat!

Natalie Damschroder said...

I will admit I don't read how-to-write books anymore, and even when I was on the steepest part of my learning curve (I can always learn more, of course), I rarely finished a how-to book.

I have to say, though, I've seen some shorter how-to stuff from some of those writers, or attended workshops by them (not naming names :), and I will say that I HATE when anyone says there is One Right Way to do things, and if you don't do it that way, you are wrong and doomed to failure and stupid, to boot.

Okay, that last part is usually only implied. :)

MaryF said...

LOL, Natalie. I forwarded a blog entry to one of my email groups, and they took the same read of it - that the writer was telling the One Way. (She wasn't, that bothers me, too.)

I think my fear of how-to books is preventing me from opening the Donald Maass, though the plotting in 30 days sounds neat.

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