Lisa Burstein

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My favorite writing book

on January 26, 2012

As a student of writing, I have read MANY, MANY writing books. I think a lot of them are very helpful. Usually, I just take small bits of knowledge from each one I peruse, but there is one book that is THE book. One book that is so dogeared and stained that I am almost embarrassed by how terribly its been treated, considering i love it so.

Writing Down The Bones (link)

This book is amazing. It can inspire even the most blocked writer. It came to me at a point in my life where I was wondering if I could actually do this. That is write something that was longer than 10 pages :). I was living in NYC and working at a publisher as an assistant, and all I wanted to be doing was writing the books we were publishing. I wanted to, but I didn’t know if I could. This book helped me get there, by helping me filling countless notebooks and then finally write a book!

It’s always there when I need a writing pick-me-up. Come to think of it, I might just go read it right now…

Whatis your favorite writing book?

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4 responses to “My favorite writing book

  1. mbm8377 says:

    On Writing from Stephen King!

  2. Dan says:

    I often go back to ON BECOMING A NOVELIST (Gardner), BIRD BY BIRD (Lamott), and A POETRY HANDBOOK (Oliver).

  3. I second On Writing by Stephen King…I especially loved his idea of stories as fossils – they’re already there, and it’s the writers job to dig them up.

  4. Marilee says:

    I’m going to have to look this one up – I need done for me what it does for you:)

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