by Angela Silverthorne, aka Mom and co-author
I’ve been writing since I was a young girl. It was my favorite pastime. For me, writing and reading went together−one enhancing the other. As I became more serious about my work, I started looking for books and resources to help me grow stronger in my writing. Here are 5 books that I suggest you examine.
1. Writing in a Changing World by five authors of the Screw Iowa! writers group is the newest in my group of favorites. Damon, Graff, Romano, Small and Westemeier bring my theory on writing to the forefront. You can study all the books on writing you want, but the finale is searching out and finding the right community of writers for support, encouragement and critiquing. Writers use to think their craft needed to be done in isolation. It might work for some, but oftentimes the project would end in frustration or eventually abandoned. Finding a strong writers group will encourage you, but more than that, it will push you to write to your potential. The book highlights this and offers much more on improving your craft, troubleshooting, conflict resolution, critiquing in action and more.
2. Teaching English Creatively by John H. Bushman is a classic. I still use this book to set the mood and tone for writing in a particular genre, i.e. young adult verses adult.
3. The Gregg Reference Manual by William A. Sabin is an indispensable guide to style, grammar, usage and formatting. Some call this the “writing bible.” I certainly think it is an essential resource book.
4. Stein on Writing by Sol Stein is a must. It is the fix it manual. If you want to know how to correct something flawed, how to improve your writing or create exciting pieces, invest in this book.