Reading for Wanna-Be Writers
a Writer by Dorothea Brande
published in 1934, this is still the best book ever written on the
subject, and always the first one I recommend.
by Bird by Anne Lamott
This is a very
encouraging book, and I don't usually recommend those because in this
day of "Free the Writer Within" books, I think we need more
books that point out that there might not be a writer within.
However, this is a wonderful book about writing as a process, and should
be read by all real writers.
Writing, Producing and Selling Your Play by Louis E. Catron
With all due respect
to the publishers, I've always thought this book was badly titled.
It's really a much less specific book. It's a great primer on
writing of any sort, with wonderful exercises designed to teach plot,
characterization, dialogue, etc. Dr. Catron was my mentor at the
College of William and Mary and is someone who was put on the planet to
teach writing. This is a great book. I also recommend his
follow-up book The
Elements of Playwriting as well.
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