Sunday, October 21, 2007

After the MFA

This particular blog contained a post about books to read if you're interested in writing. Sometimes it's good to get suggestions from the experts, you know?

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What to Read to Write

A healthful and growing list of suggestions for reading about writing is going on in a post and subsequent comments on the blog Right Reading.

While I respectfully disagree with the recommendations for Anne Lamott’s “Bird by Bird” (to me, the chapter on dialogue felt like the only fruitful discussion on writing in the whole book), there are some good books being discussed.

And, of course, there’s the requisite discussion about how true artists shouldn’t need to read “self-help books” and other such pontificating. Sure, a great deal of writing how-to books are horseshit, but I can’t imagine how anyone who loves writing can’t get something out of reading about the process and the craft.

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