Any writer, whether they’re new or seasoned, can always use ideas for how to improve their writing, or fuel for ideas for their writing. This post provides some information on a few books that I’ve found helpful.
1,000 Creative Writing Prompts, Volume 2: More Ideas for Blogs, Scripts, Stories and More by Bryan Cohen and Jeremiah Jones
This is an excellent book for any writer who’s ever been at a loss for something to write about, and that’s happened to every one of us at one time or another. This book includes prompts about time and place, people and creatures, the body and brain, concepts, money, love and entertainment, and a chapter of “mixed bag” prompts. So no matter what you’re writing about, you should be able to find a prompt that will help you come up with ideas.
The Yahoo! Style Guide: Writing for an Online Audience
The target audience for this book is people who write for Yahoo! Voices, however the information it provides is useful for anyone who writes online. Some of the suggestions provided include looking at main reason people will be visiting your site, how well your site answers your audience’s content needs, developing your site’s voice, and at the end, there are two sample blog posts provided — one has a headline and subheadings that are more ambiguous — you can’t really tell what the post is about just by reading them. The second however, has a headline that’s to the point, and you can tell exactly what the different sections are about from the subheadings.
How to Write Better by Martin Li
This book is useful for anyone who writes, whether they self-publish or send their manuscripts to traditional publisher; it’s also useful for anyone who writes online. D.R. Humphrey goes through four steps — checking for the right words, which includes checking spelling and grammar, and checking for misused words and overused words; making sure you’re showing instead of telling, if appropriate, getting rid of repetition and wordiness, not abusing commas, and avoiding clichés; the next section discusses dialogue and plot — in this section you’ll check to make sure your voice and point of view are consistent, and that your dialogue is interesting. The last section is two parts that are done at the same time — you print out your book and read it out loud, and as you’re reading it, you’re also creating a style sheet to check for consistency — D.R. Humphrey explains how to create the style sheet. He finishes the book by providing a short list of do’s and don’ts.
These are some books that I’ve found to be very helpful for my writing. I hope you all find them useful as well — if you know of any other books about writing that you’ve found helpful, please feel free to comment — and if you enjoyed this post, please click on the heart to recommend it.