Tuesday, January 13, 2009

To be honest, I don't technically own any writing craft related books. I've pilfered the library shelves and beyond dictionaries and encyclopedias, I've found nothing that helped me personally. Not that they weren't great tools, just not what I was looking for. I learn best by example.

My favorite "writing" books are legion. If I'm working on a paranormal, I surround my desk with two stacks of published paranormals, ones that were great and other's that prompt the thought "How in the heck did that get published?". I've seen great authors wind up in the not so good pile and unknowns end up in the awesome stack. I reread them, pick them apart, look for the why's and how's. I learn from their mistakes. Take note of what puts them in the great pile.


1 comment:

Crystal* said...

I'm a BIG fan of Stephen King's "On Writing." The man is a succinct literary God in my opinion. Gotta love that.
Interesting tidbit...Merline Lovelace says she does NOT even open a book in the genre she currently writes in.
I think that's it's totally subjective as to what an author will pick up for information and inspiration.
Whatever works!
btw, my word verification is "stess"
I find that amusing.