August 25, 2014

Monday Pep Rally: Favorite Books on the Craft of Writing?


Since we've all gotten so used to getting our thoughts down in 140 characters - and it's fun to keep the conversation flowing - we've take the Pep Rally to twitter! Every Monday, we host a twitter chat and we'd love you to join in. Just keep an eye out for the #MisfitPepRally hashtag!

I was in high school when my mom gave me a copy of Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. It was the first book I'd ever read about how to write fiction. Up until then, my writing had been shaped by a mixture of the novels I liked to read, whatever mood I happened to be in when I put words on the page, and a healthy dose of trial and error. I LOVED Bird by Bird. I still have that copy of the book, and I refer to it all the time. I love Lamott's reminder that the enormous task of writing a novel is much easier to tackle if you remember that it's done step by step.

Some other favorites that I keep on my desk at all times are The Elements of Style and Eats, Shoots & Leaves, both of which were given to me by my very first editor in my very first paid writing job. 

Since plotting and pacing is something I constantly struggle with, I'm always on the hunt for books that will help me get better at those things. I used to be really into Save the Cat!, but lately I've been rereading James Scott Bell's Plot & Structure

What about you guys? What are you some of your favorite books about writing?

Answer in the comments, or join the discussion on twitter - don't forget the hashtag, #MisfitPepRally!

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