People often ask me about the writing and publishing process—how to sustain a writing schedule, wrestle a book into a form that works, find an agent, publish. I’ve read a whole lot of books about writing and I have been involved in the publishing world for a long time. Here are the best resources I have found:
My favorite books and web sites about writing:
- The Writing Life by Annie Dillard
- A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
- The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield
- Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life by Dani Shapiro
- The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr
- Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
- The Making of a Story: A Norton Guide to Creative Writing by Alice LaPlante
- Famous Advice on Writing: The Collected Wisdom of Great Writers by Maria Popova (Maria’s website, Brain Pickings, is also a fabulous resource for writers.)
My favorite websites about publishing:
- Jane Friedman offers advice, connections, and courses for writers at her excellent website. I recommend her entry about how to write a book proposal in particular.
- Scott Berkun is an author and an expert on writing and publishing. I like his website because he’s practical and honest about the process of writing. Check out his advice on how to write a book.
- Sam Harris is a published non-fiction writer whose books are tough-minded, and so is his advice about getting published. In this case, tough-mindedness is called for!