Reference Books on Writing

I love having things to do, except it means there are a lot less time for other things I usually do. Hopefully front-loading all the busy stuff will spell for a more serene November to focus on National Novel Writing Month. Until then, I’ll do a quick post on my favorite writing reference books. These are the works that discuss the craft of writing, whether it be the tools of the language or the actual assembly of phrases into sentences into paragraphs into scenes into chapters into stories. I find them inspiring to study and to integrate into my writing, keeping the pearls of wisdom that work and discarding those that do not complement my style.

Specifically for this group, I find myself returning to their pages frequently. What are your favorite writing reference books?

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9/5/2014 – Her Issues with Teaching Literature

I joined the Future Educators in America in my junior year of high school, partly because a friend was president of the society and asked me to, and partly because I was the teenager who admired two English teachers and wanted to, in a way, pass the torch for the next generation while working on my own pieces.  I wanted to see the rise of the next great writer, to be there to challenge and inspire them, just as these two teachers did the same for me.  It may seem like a selfish reason, but the crux of the matter was, it felt more like honoring a tradition.

The student becomes the mentor for the next student, and so on and so forth.

And, some day in my senior year, my youngest brother wondered out-loud,

“What’s the point of English?”

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8/31/2014 – The Literary Junk Food List

Due to the humidity brutally reminding me as to why I hate summer, I spent the bulk of my day curled up in front of an AC, sans technology, to read junk food books.  Mentioned in a previous entry, junk food books are those easy but enjoyable reads, often with simple but entertaining characters and a plot that is forgiving enough that your eyes can glaze over and you still know what’s going on.

Some might take the junk food label as an insult, but really, readers need a break from the works that challenge us to make sense out of them, makes putty out of our feelings until we leave the story feeling satisfied but emotionally drained, or are otherwise engaging us on a level deeper than just entertainment.

It’s the difference between watching Con Air and Schindler’s List.

So I figured a list of some of my favorite junk food literature might be of use to anyone looking to expand their library.

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