Saturday, March 3, 2012
A Sucker for Books on Writing
Yes, I'm a sucker when it comes to buying books on writing. But in my defense, I'm a sucker when it comes to buying books in general, so it should come as no surprise that when you put the words book and writing together I would get a little loopy.
I'm not one hundred percent sure what the lure is with books on writing, but my guess is that most writers fall prey to their siren song. I know part of it is the dream that there's going to be some magic information inside that strikes a chord and suddenly makes me a better writer. And while I do often bring some new knowledge away from these books to hopefully add to my craft, I'd say for the most part what I glean is inspiration. If I can crack one of these books open and renew my excitement for writing; if I can attack my project in a new way, with a new set of tools, then it was worth reading.
I'm excited to read Sandra Scofield's THE SCENE BOOK. Have you read any great books on writing lately? Why do you like reading books on writing?