Books on Writing
Write Every Day: A Year of Daily Writing Prompts by J. M. Snyder - hoopla.
Writing prompts are a great way to jumpstart your muse and get the creative juices flowing. Sometimes you want to write and don't really know what to write about, and prompts can help guide you into a new story. This collection of 366 writing prompts can be used daily throughout the year (leap years, too!) as a starting point to get you writing ... and KEEP you writing. Each day of the year has its own, unique prompt. Set a timer for fifteen or twenty minutes, and write wherever the prompt takes you. Or, if you're between stories and looking for something different to work on, flip to the prompt for today (or any random page) and start fresh. This book will kick-start your writing or take you in exciting new directions every day of the year!
Writing the Wave: Inspired Rides for Aspiring Writers by Elizabeth Ayres - hoopla.
Where's your wave of creativity? If you want to learn how to write, "Writing the Wave: Inspired Rides for Aspiring Writers" is the very first writing book designed especially for beginning writers who yearn to write more expressively. Written with warmth and wit by internationally acclaimed writer and teacher Elizabeth Ayres, this 15th-anniversary edition of a classic writing how-to book makes the creative process safe, easy, and fun while honoring its spiritual depth and mystery. Elizabeth shows you how it's done. With step-by-step instructions and easy-to-follow writing exercises, you'll be writing non-stop from the very first page...
Write Away by Elizabeth George - hoopla.
Bestselling author Elizabeth George shares her knowledge of the creative process. George combines clear, intelligent, and functional advice on fiction writing with anecdotes from her own life, the story of her journey to publication, and inside information on how she researches and writes her novels. George's solid understanding of craft is conveyed in the enticing manner of a true storyteller, making this a marvelous, interesting, and informative book.
Hungry Heart by Jennifer Weiner - OverDrive/Libby - audiobook also available.
Jennifer Weiner is a bestselling author, a Twitter phenomenon, and an "unlikely feminist enforcer" (The New Yorker). She's also a mom, a daughter, a sister, a clumsy yogini, and a reality-TV devotee. In this "unflinching look at her own experiences" (Entertainment Weekly), Jennifer fashions tales of modern-day womanhood as funny and moving as the best of Nora Ephron and Tina Fey. No subject is off-limits in these intimate and honest essays: sex, weight, envy, money, her mother's coming out of the closet, her estranged father's death. From lonely adolescence to hearing her six-year-old daughter say the F word—fat—for the first time, Jen dives into the heart of female experience, with the wit and candor that have endeared her to readers all over the world.
Dreyer's English by Benjamin Dreyer - OverDrive/Libby.
As authoritative as it is amusing, Dreyer's English offers lessons on punctuation, from the underloved semicolon to the enigmatic en dash; the rules and nonrules of grammar, including why it's OK to begin a sentence with "And" or "But" and to confidently split an infinitive; and why it's best to avoid the doldrums of the Wan Intensifiers and Throat Clearers, including "very," "of course," and the dreaded "actually." Dreyer will let you know whether "alright" is all right (sometimes) and even help you brush up on your spelling. Chockful of advice, insider wisdom, and fun facts, this book will prove to be invaluable to everyone who wants to shore up their writing skills, mandatory for people who spend their time editing and shaping other people's prose, and—perhaps best of all—an utter treat for anyone who simply revels in language.
Do I Make Myself Clear? Why Writing Well Matters by Harold Evans - OverDrive/Libby.
Harry Evans has edited everything from the urgent files of battlefield reporters to the complex thought processes of Henry Kissinger. In Do I Make Myself Clear?, he brings his indispensable insight to us all in his definite guide to writing well. The right words are oxygen to our ideas, but the digital era, with all of its TTYL, LMK, and WTF, has been cutting off that oxygen flow. The compulsion to be precise has vanished from our culture, and in writing of every kind, we see a trend towards more — more speed and more information but far less clarity. Evans provides practical examples of how editing and rewriting can make for better communication, even in the digital age.