Welcome to Writers’ Uni-Verse-City (or WUVC for short because every university has an acronym), a place where writers/bloggers can meet to discuss the craft of writing in the Internet age. I want to learn what it takes to make it in the world of writing and publishing and nowadays there is a wealth of information on the web. WUVC will involve independent research, setting a curriculum and hopefully finding other participants (like you – readers/bloggers/writers) to: chip in, give tips, suggest books and other materials for study, teach me the ways of the warrior writer, and offer to guest post here at Uni-Verse-City (contact: firstname.lastname@example.org).
So I think I need more official self-determined course material for Writers’ Uni-Verse-City. I have been picking up a craft book every now and then usually based on the buzz I’ve seen about it on the web. Hey, its a great way to pick books. So now that I’ve finished reading Plot & Structure by James Scott Bell, which I’m currently reviewing, it will soon be time to crack open another one.
- Brooks, Larry – Story Engineering
- King, Stephen – On Writing
- Maas, Donald – Writing the Breakout Novel
- Rozelle, Ron – Description and Setting
I’m considering a number of books and I don’t know which ones to read or which to read first. (Most of the following list is from James Scott Bell’s book, but I added some others as well). So if you want to, vote for your favorite, you can pick more than one:
Please note my already-read list (its sad I know because its so small, which is why I need your help):
- Bell, James Scott – Plot & Structure
- Binchy, Maeve – Writers’ Club
- Lamb, Kristen – We Are Not Alone
- Mayer, Bob – The Writers’ Toolkit
Please fellow writers make any and all craft book recommendations you can in the comments or “vote” for one of the ones already in the lists above. I want to grow this list so large that it would be impossible to read the all. Well, it won’t be impossible because I will take on the challenge!