3 Writing Books

3-2-1 WRITE! party

Welcome to day one of this blog party!!! Are you excited?! I know I am! There is a quote hunt game thingy, a super awesome giveaway, and lots of good information all to celebrate and encourage writers in their quest to write the kind of books that bless people. Rebekah explains how everything works in her lovely introductory post here complete with the giveaway. πŸ˜€

But let’s get started. *hands out ice cream sandwiches* *cheers for no reason*

If we were to collect all the writing how-to books ever created and make a stack, it’d be taller than the Empire State Building and we’d probably die climbing down. How do I choose? πŸ˜€

Today in our countdown to writing, I’m sharing my three favorite writing books.

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1. Writer to Writer: From Think to Ink by Gail Carson Levine

I love this author’s writing voice! She is both conversational and hilarious, giving writing lessons like a friendly mentor instead of a textbook teacher. I finished this book with new ideas and fresh enthusiasm to write. (Just a note for those of us who don’t plan on including magic in our stories–there is one chapter that I skipped.) πŸ˜€ You can read my longer review here.

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2. The Elements of Style by William Strunk and E.B. White

I’m an E.B. White fangirl. With an almost blunt, down-to-earth writing style and the first name Elwyn what’s not to like? πŸ˜‰ This little book is concise, authoritative, and thorough. I often refer to it as the final word on grammatical issues.

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3. 5 Secrets of Story Structure by K.M. Weiland (happens to be FREE on Kindle right now!)

(Warning: this book does get a little technical.) It’s the “Wikipedia version” of her longer book Structuring Your NovelΒ which I also highly recommend. (Except it’s cheating to sneak a fourth book in here. πŸ˜› ) I first realized how important and doable outlining can be when I read this little gem! I reference it as I outline (and even during writing) just to make sure each part of the story is serving the right purpose. (Find my longer review here.)

Those are my favorite writing books! I hope you discover something encouraging and helpful to read. ;D

But wait–there’s more! πŸ˜€ Rebekah Morris and I have put together a short, inspiration book full of story starters, prompts, and style suggestions just for you. Click on the cover to download it. πŸ˜‰

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See you tomorrow and don’t forget to enter that awesome giveaway! Next stop on the blog party…
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8 thoughts on “3 Writing Books

  1. Awesome! I’m so excited to be following along with all these posts. (I also think this is my first comment on your lovely blog.) Those are some interesting sounding books. I’ll have to look into them. Thanks for sharing!

    -Bekah

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  2. *accepts ice cream sandwich* I have The Elements of Style though I can’t say that I’ve actually read it. I guess I should go pull it off my shelf and do so. πŸ™‚ And I just got the 5 Secrets of Story Structure.
    I love how you worked your Quote words into the actual writing. πŸ™‚ Nicely done! *applauds*

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  3. Hey, someone else who’s read The Elements of Style! I glance through it just for fun once in a while. =D I’m working through both of K.M Weiland’s books too. She does a very good job of making things clear. =)

    ~ Liberty Bluebelle

    “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”

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    1. *high five* That’s great! Oh, yes!!! And I love it when she uses examples to make things even clearer. πŸ˜‰ Have you checked out her blog? It’s pretty cool too.

      Love your scripture sign off, by the way. πŸ˜€

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    1. πŸ˜€ I have a feeling my TBR list is gonna grow from this party too. πŸ˜‰ I’d love to ship you ice cream, but I’m not sure it would hold up at this temperature. *glares at the sun* *eyes water from the brightness*

      Thanks, Victoria! πŸ˜‰

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