In the season of gift-giving, I've seen a lot of lists for writer gifts. Here are three books that would help ANY writer--no matter what she writes:
Punctuation..? by User Design is a simple book to use--it has 21
punctuation marks, including some that aren't that well known, which is
one great thing about this book. Everyone knows periods, commas, and
quotation marks. But do you know where to place curly/braces (a type of
brackets) or how to use guillemets properly? Each mark also has
explanations for different uses as well as examples that are easy to
read. There are illustrations for each mark, too. These are simple black
and white, cartoon-style drawings, which are somewhat humorous and
usually a play on either the examples or the punctuation mark.
would be a great book for a high school or college student or a writer
who needs to brush up on their punctuation. You will not get bogged down
with explanation or unneeded remarks on style. When you are trying to
figure out if you need to use a comma or not, then turn to the comma
page, read the explanation, and go on with writing.
Good idea for a stocking stuffer this holiday!
Bell's books are organized
with exercises for you to do. Then she provides some examples to compare
your writing or to give you some ideas if you are struggling. These are
not books where Bell attempts to tell you how to write or what you
should do in your own work. She gives you some tips in these areas that
can kill a manuscript and then lists some exercises and great examples
to build YOUR OWN WRITING AND YOUR OWN VOICE.
If you are on a
budget and can't afford fancy writing classes or conferences, you will
get a lot out of Writing in a Nutshell, which has her three previous editions of the
Nutshell books inside plus some new content. I use this book to teach novel writing to adults all the time!
On Writing by Stephen King, then you will be okay. This is the VERY best writing book I've ever read. I still use his advice today, and I am still inspired by the beginning of his book, when King shares how he was a drug abuser and struggling writer AND after he had commercial success but was hit by a car.
But the second half of the book is when King really shines, when he shares his writing knowledge with us all. I don't like his fiction--I'm scared of it. But I recommend this book to every writer I know. You won't be sorry if you read it or give it as a gift!
So happy holidays to you! What writing book would you recommend?
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