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Tue Mar 27, 2012 4:33 am Post

Tacitus wrote:But useless at placing apostrophes if their link titles are anything to go by... :D

EG: Preparing to Write You’re Book

It looks like a vanity press.

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Tue Oct 30, 2012 2:44 pm Post

my latest fave rave = Attack of the Copula Spiders, by Douglas Glover
Publication Date: March 27, 2012. Biblioasis Press
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ISBN: 978-1-92684-546-3

“Glover is a master of narrative structure.”
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In the tradition of E.M. Forster, John Gardner, and James Wood, Douglas Glover has produced a book on writing at once erudite, anecdotal, instructive, and amusing. Attack of the Copula Spiders represents the accumulated wisdom of a remarkable literary career: novelist, short story writer, essayist, teacher and mentor, Glover has for decades been asking the vital questions. How does the way we read influence the way we write? What do craft books fail to teach aspiring writers about theme, about plot and subplot, about constructing point of view? How can we maintain drama on the level of the sentence—and explain drama in the sentences of others? What is the relationship of form and art? How do you make words live?
Whether his subject is Alice Munro, Cervantes, or the creative writing classroom, Glover’s take is frank and fresh, demonstrating again and again that graceful writers must first be strong readers. This collection is a call-to-arms for all lovers of English, and Attack of the Copula Spiders our best defense against the assaults of a post-literate age.
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Fri Nov 02, 2012 1:42 am Post

Douglas Glover, author of "Attack of the Copula Spiders", should write a book explaining how to get rid of ten per cent of your potential audience, forever, without even trying. Just use the word "spider" in the title, and all arachnophobes -- about ten percent of the human race -- will never look at it again.
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Sat Nov 03, 2012 12:07 am Post

Thanks so much for recommending the Copula Spiders book. I am only a third of the way through and already think this might be the best book on writing I've ever read.

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Thu Jun 06, 2013 12:09 pm Post

Not seen it mentioned in this thread but I quite like The Story Book by David Baboulene. The cover suggests that it's aimed at screenwriters, but I know a couple of novelists who have also found the book useful.

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Sat Jun 15, 2013 6:02 pm Post

Here's my list of favorites:

    The Breakout Noveilist by Donald Mass (this one is a big compilation of Writing the Breakout Novel and it's WtBN Workbook and The Fire in Fiction; he puts everything in those books in this one)
    Another second for Stephen King's On Writing
    The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Novelists by Andrew McAleer
    The Fiction Writer's Workshop by Josip Novakovich
    The Emotion Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi
    The First Five Pages by Noal Lukeman
    How Not to Write A Novel by Howard Mittelman and Sandra Newman
    No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty
    Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Brown and Dave King
    You've Got a Book in You by Eilzabeth Sims (this one is a definite must have as it's the only other book out there that I've found that takes a fun lighthearted approach to getting you writing as opposed to just shoving technique down your throat; the only other one of this type that I know of being Chris Baty's book)
    The Writer's Idea Book by Jack Heffron
    Writer's Digests Write Great Fiction Series
Writing Fiction for Dummies by Randy Ingermanson and Peter Economy

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Wed Mar 26, 2014 4:42 pm Post

I love a good book on the art of writing fiction, but after reading quite a few there are some stinkers out there. Some that I enjoyed and go back to are:

On Writing by Stephen King. A classic for all of the reasons already listed.
Your Writing Coach by Jurgen Wolff. Lot of good stuff in there.
How to be a Writer by Stewart Ferris. Enjoyable read and a good kick up the backside.
Elements of Style - nuff' said :)

And some on screenwriting -
Save the Cat by Blake Snyder. Some interesting stuff in there.
The Screenwriters Bible by David Trotter. A BIG book but jammed packed with info from formatting to structure to selling your screenplay.

I'm sure there are loads more I'm forgetting.

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Fri Mar 28, 2014 1:06 am Post

The Hollywood scriptwriter Tommy Thompson once gave this advice to aspiring writers, after thinking carefully for a while.'Every day,' he said, 'no matter what else you do, get dressed.'
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Sat Jun 08, 2019 3:34 am Post

Can anyone tell me where I should find any literature resources? thank you

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Sat Jun 08, 2019 11:54 am Post

If you want to learn structure (and why wouldn't you? it's all about structure): Save the Cat Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody.

Super Structure: The key to unleashing the power of story by James Scott Bell.

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Sun Apr 19, 2020 11:46 pm Post

Excellent, there are a few that I have not read and I would like to read them

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Mon Apr 20, 2020 9:10 pm Post

Some writing books I’ve enjoyed over the years include:
- David Hewson - Writing: A User Manual
- David Morrell - The Successful Novelist
- Mittelmark & Newman - How Not To Write A Novel

For some great content that’s useful to writers I’d recommend:
- DP Lyle - Forensics & Fiction
- Travel books!
- Wikipedia (obvs)

But the best advice on writing is the advice you learn organically over time and give to yourself...

Is Save the Cat a real thing?— ... f-bel-air/

How to plot -

How to write a bestselling romance novel - ... nce-novel/

Lessons in editing from Reality TV - ... d-editing/

Causes and cures for writer’s block - ... ers-block/

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Mon Apr 20, 2020 10:09 pm Post

Ursula K LeGuins book on writing: Steering the craft ... k-le-guin/
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Tue Apr 21, 2020 2:09 am Post

Noted SF author Tobias Buckell recently released "It's All Just a Draft," which I have personally found to be one of the most useful books in describing the entire writing lifecycle. ASIN B07SGJN5HT.

Disclosure: I was one of the Kickstarter backers. I paid for my copy and then some, but some people think that's evidence of bias. Well, yeah, Tobias is one of my favorite authors, of course I'm biased!
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