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The Writing Life

A collection of short writings organized by themes which eloquently describe some of the challenges of dealing with words all day long. Enjoyable.

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Writing is simultaneously a delightful and agonizing experience. Anne captures this duality and provides perspective that only experience and hard-fought wisdom can procure. Plus, she's quite funny.

How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy

Better late than never, right? I have read many Orson Scott Card books over the course of my life and have developed a deep and abiding appreciation for his work. Which made it all the more surprising that I had no idea that this book existed! A very valuable read for someone interested in writing genre, and for understanding the life and business of writing as a whole.

The Writer's Journey

An extensive elaboration on the Cambellian Heroes Journey as it relates to writing a story and being a writer. I enjoyed it, but it could have been heavily edited.

How Fiction Works

An academic's view of how fiction works, which, in a former life I was rather academic so I don't mind the name-dropping aspect of the book. Like Nabokov? You'll wish you did by the end of the book.

The Hero with a Thousand Faces

From the perspective of a comparative mythologist (I made that up), Joseph Campbell links together the great stories of the world and finds commonality. It became the blueprint for many great stories of modern day.

Eats Shoots & Leaves

Amusing look into one person's life long relationship with grammar. It's fun, short, and perhaps you'll make sense of some grammar along the way. Although, I think it's just made me re-read everything I write like ten times.

On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft

A very motivating book for an aspiring writer, King lays out the tremendous path towards mastery that begins and ends at the same place, in the chair and writing relentlessly (although without adverbs and only with 'said's). Loved it.