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Recommended reference books

Postby PaulaO » 27 Mar 2010, 13:04

MeganMagill wrote:I'd love to hear some recommendations regarding good reference books for the craft of writing. I know there are loads out there but are there any particular gems that stand out?
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Re: Recommended reference books

Postby PaulaO » 27 Mar 2010, 13:06

dejay wrote:Hey Megan

We had this thread a while ago which covered this topic, good luck. :-) :-) :-)

http://lesbianfiction.17.forumer.com/vi ... ters#56174
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Re: Recommended reference books

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MeganMagill wrote:Thanks, please delete this as a duplicate.
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Re: Recommended reference books

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dejay wrote:No I actually like your title better. rofl rofl rofl
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Re: Recommended reference books

Postby PaulaO » 27 Mar 2010, 13:07

HH wrote:My faves are:
Self Editing for Fiction Writers, by Browne and King (I think?). It's a must-own. And a must-read before editing every story.

Word Painting by Rebecca McSomebody. Educational and inspirational.

Beginnings, Middles, and Ends by Nancy Kress is excellent for novel writers. I read it for the theory, but so far writing a novel has eluded me.
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Re: Recommended reference books

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MeganMagill wrote:
HH wrote:Self Editing for Fiction Writers, by Browne and King (I think?). It's a must-own. And a must-read before editing every story.


It's winging its way to me from the magical land of Amazon as we speak. :-)
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Re: Recommended reference books

Postby PaulaO » 27 Mar 2010, 13:07

PaulaO wrote:Kress' book should be on your shelf as well. Of course, as one online friend reminds me, one must read the books on one's writing shelf in order for one to benefit from the knowledge shared within.
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Re: Recommended reference books

Postby PaulaO » 27 Mar 2010, 13:08

MeganMagill wrote:
PaulaO wrote:Kress' book should be on your shelf as well. Of course, as one online friend reminds me, one must read the books on one's writing shelf in order for one to benefit from the knowledge shared within.


The other two are on my wishlist. I'll get them after next payday. I've got another on there too which caught my attention but isn't out yet. I'll let you know if it is any good. It is The Art and Craft of Storytelling: A Comprehensive Guide to Classic Writing Techniques by Nancy Lamb.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Art-Craft-Storytelling-Comprehensive-Techniques/dp/1582975590/ref=wl_it_dp?ie=UTF8&coliid=I26Z04VWIDP0RO&colid=3C813HK3OT0OW
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Re: Recommended reference books

Postby PaulaO » 27 Mar 2010, 13:08

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PaulaO wrote:Of course, as one online friend reminds me, one must read the books on one's writing shelf in order for one to benefit from the knowledge shared within.

:lol: True!

There are lots and lots of "how to" books on writing. Most specialise on a particular aspect, whether something about the craft or how to generate ideas etc. Not all are going to be useful to the same degree to every writer. It depends on what you're looking for and, I suspect, to what stage you are with a particular craft aspect. It's probably a waste of time to read a whole book on pacing, if you're at the stage where you're still coming to grips with writing basic dialogue that doesn't sound like a robot speaking or figuring out how scenes and narrative work. So, if a particular book doesn't seem terribly useful to you first time through, don't abandon it. You may find the info in it will work better when you're a little further down the craft track.

Writing is like any craft: you can't learn it all in one go, and there's no point spending all your time trying to perfect the fiddly bits when you've got the big, basic problems to come to grips with first. Also, there's no one magic formula. You'll probably find bits and pieces in most "how to write" books that are useful, and bits that are not.
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Re: Recommended reference books

Postby PaulaO » 27 Mar 2010, 13:08

PaulaO wrote:That same online friend thinks Maass' book (the title eludes me at the moment) is the best thing ever for writers. I can't get through the first few pages.
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