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What I’m Reading To Improve My Writing

What can you do to improve your writing except write until you have carpal tunnel, read fiction and read books about the craft? Classes, critique groups, and a lot of other “writerly” stuff I’ll explore another time.

I have a stack of writing books I’ve read about improving your writing skills that I intend to post one day. I’m sure they’re some of the same ones most new writers are reading. I decided to concentrate on college-level textbooks now instead of the how-to-be-a-writer kind of books I’ve been reading. The one I’m reading at the moment, Writing Fiction, 8th Edition by Janet Burroway, I’m happy with. It’s not that long but has some good overall writing advice and a lot of examples which I need. It’s specifically for literary fiction but applicable to genre writing as well.

Next book on my list which is probably very similar to Burroway’s is The Story and Its Writer, 8th Edition, by Ann Charters. I haven’t ordered it yet but I intend to in the next couple of weeks.