Building Your Writing Library with Classics

Every craftsman has his or her tools. The obvious tools are a computer, Internet, and a place to write, but another tool is a writing library.

In today’s Tuesday Tip we share a few classic books that might be a great start to building your personal writing library.

1. On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction by William Zinsser

This book discusses the nuts and bolts of writing nonfiction in diverse genres.

2. On Writing: The Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

Written in an autobiographical style, King shares how to fall in love with the art of writing. It’s a fascinating read and rich with tips on the craft of writing. It shows you how one of the most famous writers in the world sits in the chair every day to write, and to stay in love with that endeavor. I was surprised by how much I loved this book and it continues to be a favorite.

3. Writer’s Digest Handbook of Magazine Article Writing Edited by Michelle Ruberg

This includes original material as well as articles from the pages of Writer’s Digest magazine. This book answers questions on how to:

  • Brainstorm creative article ideas magazine editors will find irresistible
  • Find the right magazine for your work
  • Compose a professional, sophisticated query letter that catches the editor’s eye
4. Writers on Writing by Jerry B. Jenkins, Liz Curtis Higgs, James Scott Bell

This classic includes tips on writing from some of the top writers in the Christian Writing Industry, including Liz CUrtis Higgs, Jerry B. Jenkins, James Scott Bell and more. The topics are varied – from grammar to fiction book particulars, to ghostwriting, screenplays and more, this indispensable guide will show you the way to write for the Christian market.

5. The current version of Christian Writers Market Guide

This book is an essential element in your library if you intend to publish or you want to publish widely in any genre. It contains the majority of publishing market in CBA (Christian Booksellers Association).

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