To celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas from now through Epiphany and to advocate for the idea of reading books to support New Year projects, resolutions, and goals, I’m writing a series of posts with themed book lists for various popular resolutions. So far…
Writing books! There are so many books about writing that it’s hard to make a list because there are just too many to choose from. I’m going to make it easier by listing what I read last year and what I intend to read in the next few months.
The theme for my learning about writing in 2013 was about the structure of stories, how to pace out the main events to keep things moving along. These three books all added something to help me map out my story:
- Save the Cat! by Blake Snyder
- The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler
- 45 Master Characters by Victoria Lynn Schmidt (it’s a book about characters, but there is a chapter about the feminine and masculine journeys that worked very well for me)
The theme for my reading about writing in early 2014 is emotion. How do I make my writing have a greater impact and effect on my readers? I have three books in my To Be Read stack on this topic. I’ve started all of them (I can tell by the post-it notes sticking out all over the place), but this year, I’m going to finish them. The first two were recommended by Alison Hawke of Quantum Tea, a local friend from the great NaNoWriMo community we have in St. Louis.
- Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers form the Very First Sentence by Lisa Cron
- The Comic Toolbox: How to be Funny Even if You’re Not by John Vorhaus
- Writing for Emotional Impact: Advanced dramatic techniques to attract, engage, and fascinate the reader from beginning to end by Karl Iglesias
What books have helped you become a better writer?
If you’re reading books to improve your writing in the new year (or for other goals, projects, and resolutions), join us at The New Year’s Resolution Reading Challenge!