Kick-Butt Books on Writing, etc.
My favorites, in no particular order . . .
The Art of Fiction by John Gardner
The First Five Pages by Noah Lukeman
On Writing by Stephen King
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass
If you are serious about learning to write well and getting published, you MUST, MUST read books about grammar, editing, marketing, agents, and the publishing process too.
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Browne and King
Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips For Better Writing by Mignon Fogarty (she also does podcasts; see itunes)
1001 Ways to Market Your Books by John Kremer
The Frugal Book Promoter by Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Guerilla Marketing for Writers by Jay Conrad Levinson, Rick Frishman, Michael Larsen
How to Get a Literary Agent by Michael Larsen
I love periodicals too. I subscribe to Writer’s Digest and The Writer.
Plus there’s a bazillion websites about writing, there are writing organizations in every state, etc., etc., etc . . .
Read this stuff. Just don’t forget to MAKE time to write!