Good morning wonderful writers.
December is upon us! I hope it is a great month for you all.
Around this time last year I shared a list of three ‘must-have’ books for writers. And this year, with Christmas looming on the horizon, it seemed a good time to share three more! Take a peek:
I saw loads of writers raving about this book this year, and so I had to pick it up. And like those writers who raved about it, I recommend it too! This book is a true account of Gilbert’s creative life, her experiences and her passion. She speaks in real, honest terms about the struggles of being creative, and allowing yourself to live that way. It’s a fascinating insight, but also full of great advice for writers and creatives at all stages of their creative journey.
I am always a little wary about books that claim they can tell you how to get published, as it’s a long, complicated journey that varies for everybody. But I felt confident in this one, because it’s published as a sub-book to the Writer’s & Artists Yearbook. This is a great and important read. It speaks very honestly and very openly about publishing, including the highs and lows. It can be a little dis-heartening at times, to read some of the harsh truths, however knowing these truths gives you the knowledge you need to push forward.
I enjoyed reading this and felt it has left me better equipped when it comes to submitting to agents. And as I continue with my querying journey, I will be re-reading many chapters of this book to keep me on the right track.
In last year’s book list, I mentioned Ackerman and Puglisi’s ‘The Emotion Thesaurus’ and I know it’s a popular book amongst writers. If you are writing a story set in the city, this is another must-have from this collection. It compiles various settings around cities, everything from busy streets, abandoned houses, homeless hostels and restaurants. What it does from there is list certain sounds, smells and sights associated with these places, which enables you to give great insight to your story. Of course, nothing beats physically going to settings that match your novel, but when you can’t this is a fantastic alternative.
What writing books would you recommend? I’m going to need some new reads for the new year, so please share your favourites below.
Keep writing (and reading!)