November 1st kicks off an event called NaNoWriMo. Those participating have pledged to write an entire novel throughout the month of November. Maybe you don’t want to write a novel, but you would like to learn how to write a better essay. Maybe instead of fiction you like to write poetry. Or maybe you dislike writing altogether, but still want to brush up on your skills before you have to write that first college paper.
Wherever you stand with writing, the books listed below are sure to give you some guidance and inspiration. Swing by the library and check one out!
BIRD BY BIRD: SOME INSTRUCTIONS ON WRITING AND LIFE BY ANNE LAMOTT: "Anne Lamott recounts her personal experiences to reveal her writing techniques and how she overcomes obstacles that interfere with the writing flow. She offers concrete suggestions about character, plot, setting, and other topics of interest to writers. She also offers advice about how to navigate through the dark underbelly feelings of self-doubt, inadequacy, and jealousy that are inevitable parts of any writer's experience."
ORDINARY GENIUS: A GUIDE FOR THE POET WITHIN BY KIM ADDONIZIO: "A writer's guide to poetry that discusses line, metaphors, subject matter, voice, and more; and provides writing exercises along with wisdom from old and new poets."
ON WRITING WELL: AN INFORMAL GUIDE TO WRITING NONFICTION BY WILLIAM ZINSSER: "On Writing Well, which grew out of a course that William Zinsser taught at Yale, has been praised for its sound advice, its clarity, and for the warmth of its style. It is a book for anybody who wants to learn how to write or who needs to do some writing to get through the day, as almost everybody does. Whether you want to write about people or places, science and technology, business, sports, the arts, or about yourself in the increasingly popular memoir genre, On Writing Well offers you both fundamental principles as well as the insights of a distinguished practitioner."
WRITING DOWN THE BONES: FREEING THE WRITER WITHIN BY NATALIE GOLDBERG: "Natalie Goldberg's word-of-mouth hit has sold well over half a million copies. Goldberg, who has conducted writing workshops for both beginners and professionals all over the United States, sees writing as a practice that helps us comprehend the value of our lives. With insight, humor, and practicality, she inspires writers and would-be writers alike to take the leap into writing creatively and well."
"THEY SAY/I SAY": THE MOVES THAT MATTER IN ACADEMIC WRITING BY GERALD GRAFF, CATHY BIRKENSTEIN, AND RUSSEL K. DURST: "A guide to effective academic writing, featuring forty-four readings from a wide range of sources that serve as sources and models for students' own writing, and including study questions."
STUDENT'S GUIDE TO WRITING COLLEGE PAPERS BY KATE L. TURABIAN: "A guide to writing college research papers, looking at how researchers work, offering advice on how to find a research question, propose working answers, find and engage sources, write a draft, prevent plagiarism, cite sources, and other topics, and including a review of spelling and grammar."
ON WRITING: A MEMOIR OF THE CRAFT BY STEPHEN KING: "Stephen King reflects on how his writing has helped him through difficult times and describes various aspects of the art of writing."