I mentioned on Wednesday (Book Review: The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler) that I own more writing books than any other genre but, in the past, have been lax about reading them cover to cover so I’ve only reviewed a couple on the blog. Satia of Satia’s Journal wanted to know about my other writing books so I promised a photo. Here are all the writing books I currently own (unless there’s a couple more lurking in places I didn’t look):
I uploaded a larger photo than normal so you can read most of the titles. The slim black one between One Year to a Writing Life and The Art of Creative Nonfiction is a book I read for my New Year’s Resolution Reading Challenge: Book Review: Crafting a Life by Donald M. Murray. The one kind of tucked underneath of The Writer as Artist and so hard to see is Natalie Goldberg’s second writing book, Wild Mind: Living the Writer’s Life. Let me know if you want titles or authors for any of the other books that aren’t clear from the photo.
That’s 31 books. I also own 3 baby name books even though I’ve never had a child.
Right now, besides The Writer’s Journey, I’m working with Save the Cat by Blake Snyder and 45 Master Characters by Victoria Lynn Schmidt. If I manage to read them all the way through, I’ll post reviews in the next couple of weeks.
How many writing books do you own?
Sadly, I own about ten writing books. I do own Bird by Bird and see it in your stack makes me want to re-read it. Writing Down the Bones is a great classic.
Wow! I only own one, Bird by Bird and I think it was Vasilly’s fault that I bought it. I haven’t read it yet though.
Whenever I look for writing books I get overwhelmed by what’s out there. Plus I think I’m still a little scared of the actual writing part so I never want to do the exercises etc. Something to work on.
Wow! I think I only own one, Bird by Bird, and I think that it was Vasilly’s fault that I bought it. 🙂 I haven’t read it yet though.
Every time I look at writing books I get overwhelmed by what’s out there. Plus I think that I’m still a bit scared of the actual writing part. 🙂
I have a few of these and even read some of them. I haven’t read Writing the Wave or the self-editing book. And I’m almost positive I have Writing Yourself Home, although I don’t see it on my list of books. It is probably on a shelf somewhere and I either didn’t type it in or I forgot to type it in.
I don’t own any writing books, but read a few. The best one is On Writing by Stephen King.
Thank you sooo much. I used to own and love “The writer’s little helper.” I am working on a writing project and have looked everywhere for it. All I had were notes I scribbled in my notebook and a faint memory of it being a small book. No author, no title…nothing. This weekend I drove from St Louis to Kansas City and looked in every bookstore along the way – no luck. So today I googled writing book – images and you came to my rescue. Thank you Joy.
I have read about 1/3 of your collection. None of them give you the nuts and bolts in an easy to read and use format like the Writer’s little helper.
Writer’s Little Helper has a great structure for organizing stories that I have bookmarked permanently so that I can find it quickly!