WordPlay-recommended Writing Books

WordPlay Recommends These Writing How-to Books

I am very excited to get to share my favorite writing how-to books with you. These are books I have devoured every word of, turn to again and again, and recommend highly. You can click on the image of any book and learn more about it on Amazon.com, and even order it right from here if you like.

I’ll be adding categories soon — fiction, memoir, poetry, writing how-to’s, and more! I  And I’d love to hear which books you think WordPlay writers should read. Please share by emailing info@wordplaynow.com.

The Making of a Story: A Norton Guide to Creative Writing


The Making of a Story is a fresh and inspiring guide to the basics of creative writing―both fiction and creative nonfiction. Its hands-on, completely accessible approach walks writers through each stage of the creative process, from the initial triggering idea to the revision of the final manuscript. It is unique in combing the three main aspects of creative writing instruction: process (finding inspiration, getting ideas on the page), craft (specific techniques like characterization), and anthology (learning by reading masters of the form). Succinct, clear definitions of basic terms of fiction are accompanied by examples, including excerpts from masterpieces of short fiction and essays as well as contemporary novels. A special highlight is Alice LaPlante’s systematic debunking of many of the so-called rules of creative writing. This book is perfect for writers working alone as well as for creative writing classes, both introductory and advanced.

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott

Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg

Around the Writer’s Block: Using Brain Science to Solve Writer’s Resistance by Rosanne Bane

Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity by Ray Bradbury

The Getaway Car: A Practical Memoir About Writing and Life

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