Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Win My Writing Library!

So once again I have moved and found that I don't have room in my office for all my books. This time, I'm going to give away the writing manuals and guides that have served me well. It's a good collection, because the last time I moved I gave away the ones that weren't very helpful - the baker's dozen that remain, pictured below, are my "keepers."

I'm definitely not saying I know everything there is to know about writing, and I'm sure I'll build up a whole new library in the future, but I've read these books and now it's time for them to find a new home.

To enter to win, just leave me a comment - tell me your own favorite writing book, or just say hi. Of course, as always, I appreciate a Facebook "like" or a Twitter follow.

I'll draw a winner this weekend.

P.S. You may notice my copy of King's ON WRITING isn't included. 'Cause I'll never part with that one.

21 comments:

GunDiva said...

I wouldn't give away my copy of ON WRITING either!

Anonymous said...

If studying these books will help me become half as good a writer as you then I hope I win!

Karen C.

RAD - Dot Painter said...

I love three writing books: "Hooked," "Blockbuster Plots," and "Writing the Breakout Novel." I feel like I've been getting a second degree without going to college again. I could use some more reference books on my writing journey:)

Tez Miller said...

I really like Victoria Lynn Schmidt's 45 MASTER CHARACTERS. And I've heard a revised edition is coming out later this year, or next year - I'll have to pick that one up, and give my old copy away ;-)

Brian Brady said...

Hi. I would really like to win your how-to write library. Seeing as I have several unfinished stories in my computer, reading these books just might get me from 'reader of books' to 'writer of books'. Thanks.

Mrs Mom said...

It has always been a goal of mine to "someday" write and actually be published- but when you get right down to it.. well, it seems I need some help! Maybe studying these guides would broaden my horizons, and help me actually REACH that goal. Cause "someday" is not getting any closer and I am not getting any younger!

Thanks for a great contest!

lee said...

On Writing is a friggin' goldmine, but I'm always looking for new and helpful reads.

Cathy said...

I really liked Anne Lamont's Bird By Bird - and I'm part way through The Fire In Fiction.

Shannon said...

I really like On Writing also. It reads almost like a story, so even if you're not a writer, it's interesting to read. The Janet Evanovitch book How I Write is funny and a good quick read.
Congrats on your new home! Moving is always an adventure :-)

Sandra Cormier said...

What, you can't put an addition on your house for your books? What's WRONG with you? :)

I love On Writing. I wouldn't part with it either. I also have a copy of The Elements of Style, which gave me a good start.

Now that I'm writing mystery and suspense, a couple of those books in your picture jumped out at me. Knowing how much detail to include in a novel is a fine balance. I don't want to dump info on my readers' heads!

Susan M. Boyer said...

Wow, nice writing library! I love King's "On Writing" as well--have that one myself.

I also like "Self-Editing for Fiction Writers" by Renni Brown and Dave King. I know, self-editing is an oxymoron, but I do it anyway. :)

I could totally put these to good use. :)

Unknown said...

Nice collection. Have one or two of those on the shelf next to me as well. Especially love the Artists way. I do my 3 pages each morning.

Love to add the rest to the shelf. I got room!

Silver James said...

I have Armed and Dangerous. Terrific resource. My "go-to" writing book/resource in my Flip Dictionary. It lives on my desk and never has to be dusted. Ever. Hallie Ephron's Writing Your First Novel is a good one, and while I'm way past my first, I still return to it for guidance sometimes.

Believe it or not, I have an empty bookcase in my new office. How scary is that?

SBerta said...

King's "On Writing" is like gold but the platinum book is "Story" by Robert McKee.

Sophie Littlefield said...

hey everyone, I'm really enjoying your comments. I'm familiar with some of the books you're mentioning - many, many people love McKee and Writing the Breakout Novel - but others are new to me. Thanks for the leads!

Janel said...

I always write while sitting next to a bookshelf full of books on writing. Besides On Writing a few of my favorites are The Power to Write by Caroline Joy Adams and A Writer's Book of Days by Judy Reeves.

P.S. I hope your Kindle turns up soon!

Jen B. said...

I am not a writer and I don't think I could ever develop that skill. However, my brother, sister, nephew and best friend are all working on novels. I would love to win one of these books to share with them! Thanks!
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Anonymous said...

My tipping point came when I realized my four kids are learning and growing and I am standing still! It is my time, my turn and I'm ready to take on the challenge of writing something and sending it out as a finished submission.
What an incredible gift to pass on such meaningful and helpful tools to an aspiring writer. I have several reference books for other genres, mostly romance and historical romance but find myself wishing to expand into my new favorite- mystery! The chance to have even one from an accomplished writer would be so special. Even if they don't go to me, thank you for passing on your knowledge and helping someone live their dream!

Heather E

Valerie Keiser Norris said...

When I started writing, Lawrence Block's "Telling Lies for Fun and Profit" was a big help to me. I can usually find something helpful in every book.

Mrs. H said...

"Writing the Breakout Novel," "Telling Lies for Fun and Profit," and "On Writing" are my favorites.

Judith Starkston said...

I just recently made a point of reading a number of writing books that had been accumulating unread on my shelf. I found it an immensely useful project at this point even though a lot of the suggestions weren't a good fit--the gems that were have served me well. I see a couple titles in your collection that I've been meaning to get hold of, so I'll happily throw my name in the pot.