Have you read any books on writing?
I’ve looked at quite a few.
Between university, random bookstores, and just wanting to learn more, I’ve perused quite a number of books on how to write or how to be inspired to write.
So far, I’ve only really delved deeply into a two.
- On Writing Well by William Zinsser
I haven’t finished it yet, but it is inspiring. I have underlined a lot of sentences… It’s basically a book in which I had to have a pencil in my hand while reading. I’ll share some quotes from it in an upcoming post.
A book that I recently came across has been captivating me for the past week.
- Wonderbook: The illustrated guide to creating imaginative fiction written by Jeff Vandermeer and illustrated by Jeremy Zerfoss
This book is wonderful. I’m having so much fun reading through it and looking at the illustrations and diagrams. Seriously – pick it up if you can. Within the first few pages I began jotting down story ideas, plot points, and characters. It is truly inspiring and filled with really great technical information.
Rabbit Trail Bookshop
The only reason I have Wonderbook is because while on a random errand to the shopping mall, my husband wanted to pick up a book on learning C++ (a nerdy computer code language). While he picked out his book, I wandered.
I looked at the hardcovers displayed in the centre aisle.
I looked at the young adult books on display next to the coffee shop.
I looked at the cute cartoonish middle grade books beside the board games.
And then…oh most wonderful of things…when my husband had selected the book he wanted to buy, he found me and asked “Would you like a book?” (Seriously people, if you’re partner doesn’t ask you this once in a while, why are you with them!?)
I immediately found the writing section and crouched down to see what was available on the two shelves. I hummed and hawed between two or three interesting, useful looking books.
Wonderbook won out. It’s just too pretty to ignore. Words AND pictures in a book on writing. So great!
So, those are some of my recommendations of books on writing.
What books have been useful for you in your creative journey?