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michael.overa from Seattle is reading Why We Read Fiction by Lisa Zunshine, Ishmael by Daniel Quinn, and There are Two Errors in The The Title of This Book. May 14, 2015 - 3:45pm

Hey all. Curious if you all have favorite (or least favorite) craft books. There have to be some other gems out there. I'd say something along the lines of Gardner's Art of Fiction, or Saunder's Brain Dead Megaphone, or the Tin House essays.  Anyone have any other good books/blogs/podcasts (obviously other than the LitReactor Craft Essays)?

Michael

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L.W. Flouisa from Tennessee is reading More Murakami May 14, 2015 - 6:25pm

I love Kim Wieland's book on outlining. Even if later on I drifted into more of a world builder and less of a point by point sort of girl.

Allot of "how to write" book end up with way to much snark.

Hope you find a good one.

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michael.overa from Seattle is reading Why We Read Fiction by Lisa Zunshine, Ishmael by Daniel Quinn, and There are Two Errors in The The Title of This Book. May 15, 2015 - 11:08am

Thanks for the suggestion. It seems to me that most good craft books are more advice than actual exercises, but so be it.

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L.W. Flouisa from Tennessee is reading More Murakami May 15, 2015 - 11:54am

It might be good to only search for book for your specific weakness. Like for me, until recently, my problem was to many characters with to little of a character arc and progression.