Stephen King’s On Writing

This is always the first book I recommend to fellow writers.  As the back of the book puts it, “Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer’s…

The Gift, by Lewis Hyde

The Gift starts with an anthropological overview of giftgiving, and proceeds to argue that works of art – which are treated as commodities in modern western culture – ought to be seen, first and foremost, as gifts. This book is a call to suspend concern…

Spotlight On: The Lace Reader

This is a winner, folks. The Lace Reader is the best-crafted modern adult novel I’ve read in the last five years. It’s not out yet, so I’m not going to include any spoilers in this post, but the book is a great study in character…

Stream-of-Consciousness Writing

The book The Artist’s Way recommends completing three pages of stream-of-consciousness writing each morning to clear your head for the day. Try writing those three pages, but focusing on your story. Remember, this is not writing that anyone is ever going to read. You’re just…