Nonfiction November Be the Expert: My List of the Best Books for Writers About Writing
Hooray, Nonfiction November is here! Nonfiction November is a month-long celebration of everything nonfiction. Each week, we’ll have a different prompt and a different host looking at different ideas about reading and loving nonfiction.
Week 3 (Nov. 12 to Nov. 16)
Be The Expert/Ask the Expert/Become the Expert (Hosted by Julie at Julz Reads) Three ways to join in this week! You can either share three or more books on a single topic that you have read and can recommend (be the expert), you can put the call out for good nonfiction on a specific topic that you have been dying to read (ask the expert), or you can create your own list of books on a topic that you’d like to read (become the expert).
I'm an expert on lots of odd genres of nonfiction books.
I wrote and illustrated my first book when I was five. I wrote it on a Rainbow Tablet. It was a collection of stories. Each story was on a different color of paper.
My friend and I wrote books together when I was in elementary school. We wrote mysteries with a main character named Walter. He was, as I remember him, bumbling. None of our Walter stories have survived, but I remember my friend and I laughing hysterically as we spent entire summer afternoons writing about Walter's adventures.
I've always kept a journal and I have taken writing classes off and on at the community college and through the Inprint Teachers as Writers program for over thirty years.
But the truth is that I'm not so much a writer as I am a reader of books about writing.
In honor of Nonfiction November and NaNoWriMo, here is my list of The Best Books for Writers About Writing:
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott Art and Fear: Observations of the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking by David Bayles Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami On Writing Well by William Zinsser Mystery and Manners by Flannery O'Connor Wild Mind: Living the Writer's Life by Natalie Goldberg If You Want to Write: A Book About Art, Independence and Spirit You Must Revise Your Life by William Stafford Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Actions to Boost Your Writing Mojo by Grant Faulkner The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor by Lynda Barry Art Before Breakfast: A Zillion Ways to Be More Creative No Matter How Busy You Are Old Friend from Far Away: The Practice of Writing Memoir by Natalie Goldberg The Practice of Poetry: Writing Exercises from Poets Who Teach by Robin Behn Poemcrazy: Freeing Your Life With Words by Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White, illustrated by Maira Kalman Stein on Writing: A Master Editor of Some of the Most Successful Writers of Our Century Shares His Craft Techniques and Strategiesby Sol Stein The Writing Life by Annie Dillard
What kinds of nonfiction are you most familiar with?