Tuesday, May 19, 2009
When you're reading about writing instead of writing
Face it, we've all been there. If you're reading this blog instead of writing at this moment, you're doing it now. The problem is, when do you know how much is too much?
I think the Slushbusters all agree that we love Bird By Bird by Anne Lamott, and Stephen King's book On Writing. The Writer's Guide to Crafting Stories for Children by Nancy Lamb has the best technical advice I've read. And although it was intended for younger readers, Gail Carson Levine's Writing Magic has some wonderful story starters. But where do you stop?
I had a birthday the other day. I received several books about writing from my friends. I'm still working on the ones they gave me for Christmas. Now, I know part of this is my own fault, since I'm not an easy person to buy gifts for, and I keep referring people to my Amazon wish list. And I love my Amazon wish list. But suddenly it's become a case of "Be careful what you wish for."
So this inspires two questions: First, how do you find the balance between writing, and reading about writing in order to improve? Second, what are your favorite writing books?