Some of the book I have read that have Made me A better Writer

Last Update: July 22, 2021

As anyone that has ever followed me in live chat will know I am a prolific reader. On average, I read about five books a week. One thing I have learned is that a lot of the time when I am reading I am at the same time thinking like a writer. Words are my matter

Now I am no Ernest Hemingway, I couldn't cope with all that Fundador, there is a lot to be learned from the author of the Old Man of the Sea. He didn't write down how to be a better writer as Stephen King did (More of that later) but he did write about the craft of writing, it is also an interesting book to reflect on how his mind worked.

1.Ernest Hemingway on writing

"I believe that basically you write for two people; yourself to try to make it absolutely perfect; or if not that then wonderful. Then you write for who you love whether she can read or write or not and whether she is alive or dead". Ernest Hemingway

2. On Writing Stephen King

This is part autobiographical and part advice. The biggest thing I learned from it was to avoid adverbs or at least avoiding overusing them.For those of you who learned English as a second language adverbs often end in LY.Examples are slowly, quickly, sweetly etc

3. Words are My Matter, by Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula is another Literary giant.

“Hard times are coming, when we’ll be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now … to other ways of being, and even imagine real grounds for hope. We’ll need writers who can remember freedom—poets, visionaries—realists of a larger reality.”

Poetics, by Aristotle

Don't let the fact that this written nearly 2,500 years ago put you off this one . it is as relevant today as it was then and better still if you can read the ebook it is only $0.69 to buy , this book is priceless.

"Fear and pity may be aroused by spectacular means; but they may also result from the inner structure of the piece."

These can be evoked by acting but they are more powerfully evoked when written into the story. Is my take on this?

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Jimmyk16 Premium
You are one of the better writers in this community, Catherine and it shows through all of the books that you read. I have read - On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King, and will add the others to my book reading list.

How are you able to read books so fast?

Over a year 5 x 52 = 260 books.

Do you have an Amazon Kindle or other type of subscription?

I always enjoy reading your blogs.

Have a great day.
TheCatherine Premium Plus
Yes, I have a Kindle. I also listen to books when I am cooking.i have practised speed reading for the last twenty odd years
SamiWilliams Premium
Reading is my reward each day. However, I don't manage 5 books a week. More like 1. And much of that reading is for fun, not so much to learn.

Would not hurt to make myself read a bit more for enlightenment.
Interesting share, Sami
TheCatherine Premium Plus
icant remember when I last read a fiction book I am guessing about 25 years ago
JeffreyBrown Premium
Awesome, Catherine!

TheCatherine Premium Plus
you are a busy man too and find the time to do what you need to do
JeffreyBrown Premium
Thanks, Catherine! Keep up the valuable learning!

GeoffreyC1 Premium
Wow 5 books. That is some reading!!!
TheCatherine Premium Plus
Just a weeks worth
AkshaySaxena Premium
Just after reading your post. I'm ordering the first book to read this weekend. Others are on the wishlist.
Thanks for sharing this informative post.

TheCatherine Premium Plus
Good luck