If you begin researching the best instructional books on writing, Bird by Bird is one of the classics you will stumble upon. In my quest to craft a personal required reading list, this book by Anne Lamott couldn’t be ignored. It was on nearly all of the top 10 lists I read.
I’m baffled. Befuddled. Bemused, even. This book didn’t teach me much. Continue reading
The world is comprised of stories. Some are good, some bad. Most are poorly told, others are exceptionally told. Not to get totally meta on you, but there is always a story behind the story. Something that motivated and guided its conception and creation. Where does all of this come from? How do we, as writers, understand and extract these tales and make them into something extraordinary? Here’s how… Continue reading
If you intend to write a book about writing, you certainly must practice what you preach. And if you intend to break the rules (like starting a sentence with the word and,) you must preach that it’s okay to do so.
If Ann Handley is the preacher, then consider Everybody Writes the Sermon on the Content Mount. After reading this book (twice,) I’ve become a converted follower, and here’s why: Continue reading
While I studied English Literature for years, I never dove into formal creative writing classes. I’ve read every genre under the sun. I’ve dabbled in writing stories, blog posts, and more, but never with any real structure or direction. In short, I have no idea what I’m doing.