Three Books: On Writing

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January 19, 2014 by carlywont

As you can likely tell from my blogging quiescence, I haven’t exactly been writing lately. Not here, not on Twitter, not in my sad and unfinished short story Word docs, not anywhere. And it sucks!

So, what’s the cure here? Reading about writing of course!

For my next Three Books in a Tub series I will be reading three books on writing.

Turns out there are a lot of great books on writing. (Don’t believe me? Check outthese three lists and tell me you don’t want to fill your Amazon cart with these amazing books.)

Luckily for me, that means that I’m likely to never run out of inspiration in my writer’s blocked years to come.

Unluckily for me, I have to choose only three to read (for now). And those books will be…(drumroll in your head, please):

1. Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg

This book was given to me as a graduation gift by my favorite teacher in high school—my creative writing instructor, Mr. McKay. Throughout the years since then, I’ve skimmed through its pages but I’ve never done a front-to-back read of the book. The time for that is now.


2. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott

Bird by Bird is generally considered one of the very best—if not the absolute best—book about writing and life out there. I’ve wanted to read it for years.


3. On Writing by Stephen King

If you’re anything like me, you’ve silently and unfairly judged Stephen King’s prolific output over the years without ever reading one of his books. My opinion has slowly been changing, however, ever since my husband Ethan (AKA Mr. Tubs) read and absolutely loved The Stand last year.

After reading Stephen King’s On Writing, Roger Ebert wrote,” After finding that his book On Writing had more useful and observant things to say about the craft than any book since Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style, I have gotten over my own snobbery.” I’m ready to get over mine, too.


I realize that this series may not be as titillating as my previous entries on subjects such as murderous Mormons and worldwide plagues.

But, I swear to you, most books on writing are about like….life and stuff. So hopefully you’ll get something out of my thoughts on these books.

And if you don’t, no worries—reading a blog you hate is the next best thing after reading a blog you love!


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