Thursday, July 16, 2015
Advice to a Friend on Books about Writing
OMG, the pressure!! Well, for now, Stephen King has some essays in a collection on writing and teaching writing. He and Anne Rice have some YouTube videos where they address writers. If I find the exact links again, I'll email them, but you can search for these on Google or YouTube, and for King's book on Amazon.
Elizabeth George, great mystery writer, has a book on writing. I'm bad at remembering titles, but good at content. Look her up on Amazon or on her page.
I just gave my class this advice; read in the areas where you want to write. Mystery writers read mystery writers, poets read poets, etc.
Essays on books and writing by Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf are great, and I think Shakespeare for plot, structure and dialog. Take a favorite Shakespeare scene and rewrite it in your favorite genre or discourse. That's my brainstorm for the day!