Deanna Fei, author of A Thread of Sky, recently wrote an article for Huffington Post titled “Seven Books on Writing for Every Writer.” I think all writers have favorites. Mine is on Fei’s list: Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird, which I love for being so practical and unpretentious. And funny.
The other books on the list are:
The Writing Life by Annie Dillard
Dreaming by the Book by Elaine Scarry
The Art of Fiction by John Gardner
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
Story by Robert McKee
Mysteries and Manners by Flannery O’Connor
Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
What books on writing have you enjoyed and why would you recommend them? Also, what writing books do you think are over-rated?