There are more how-to-write books than we have time to read. IF we tried, we would spend all our time reading about writing and not writing. But there are a few especially good how-to write books. Here are some of my favorites. What are your favorite writing books?
Dorothea Brande was an early proponent of freewriting. In her book Becoming a Writer (1934), she advises writers to sit and write for 30 minutes every morning, as fast as they can.
Peter Elbow advanced freewriting in his books Writing with Power and Writing Without Teachers (1975), and freewriting has been popularized by Julia Cameron through her books The Artist’s Way and The Right to Write.
A few more writing books:
Aronie, Nancy Slonim – Writing From the Heart
Baldwin, Christina – Storycatcher
Barrington, Judith – Writing the Memoir, From Truth to Art
Baty, Chris – No Plot? No Problem!
Bennet, Hal Zina – Write From The Heart
Clegg, Eileen M. – Claiming Your Creative Self
DeSalvo, Louise – Writing As A Way of Healing
Epel, Naomi – Writers Dreaming
George, Elizabeth – Write Away
Goldberg, Natalie: Living Color, Long Quiet Highway, Wild Mind, Writing Down the Bones, The Great Failure
Heffron, Jack – The Writer’s Idea Book
Kabat-Zinn, Jon – Wherever You Go, There You Are
Keene, Sam and Anne Valley-Fox – Your Mythic Journey
Kelton, Nancy Davidoff – Writing From Personal Experience
King, Stephen – On Writing
Lauber, Lynn – Listen to Me
Lamott, Anne – Bird by Bird
Lara, Adair – Naked, Drunk and Writing
Nelson, Sara – So Many Books, So Little Time
Rosenfeld, Jordan – Make a Scene
Saltzman, Joel – If You Can Talk, You Can Write
Schneider, Pat – Writing Alone And With Others
Smith, Michael C. and Suzanne Greenberg – Everyday Creative Writing
Ueland, Brenda – If You Want to Write
Walker, Christine – A Painter’s Garden
Walton, Todd & Toomay, Mindy – The Writer’s Path
Zimmerman, Susan – Writing to Heal The Soul
Just a few of my books on writing. Yes, I have two copies of Jordan’s Make A Scene: One for my personal use and one for lending.