So Natalie Goldberg has a new book on writing out: The True Secret of Writing. Since Goldberg wrote a book that inspired me in college–when writing was a dream that I didn’t dare pursue–I thought it’d be a good day to list the writing books that have helped me along the way. They might help you, too.
On Writing by Stephen King. If you read one book on writing, make it this one.
Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg. It’s a classic for a reason.
What If? Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers by Anne Bernays and Pamela Painter. A great book of short exercises to help hone voice, characterization, and scenes.
How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy by Orson Scott Card.
Sometimes the Magic Works by Terry Brooks.
What are the books that taught you how to write?