In On Writing, Stephen King gives us two important things we need to be doing to improve our writing. First, and very important is more writing. Great advice. Seems pretty obvious, but I don’t think I take it nearly enough.
Still very important is more reading. The more we read, the better we get at building our own writing. I would add that I think it is not just reading, but reading with a critical eye that helps you turn around and look at your own work to make it better. This page will include an index of everything I’ve read and written a review for.
Each review will contain:
- Why did I read this book?
- Did I enjoy it?
- How will I get better as a result of reading this book?
Fiction – Novels, short stories, whatever.
Brown, Dan – Digital Fortress
Connelly, Michael – The Lincoln Lawyer
Crichton, Michael – Jurassic Park
Kilby, Matt – The Road Cain Walks
Connelly, Michael – The Black Echo
Rowling, J.K. – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
James, P. D. – The Murder Room
Ilona Andrews – Magic Bites
Non-fiction and Self-help – Books written primarily to teach.
King, Stephen – On Writing
Snyder, Blake – Save the Cat
Lamott, Anne – Bird by Bird
Goins, Jeff – You’re a Writer (So Start Acting Like One)
Dillard, Annie – The Writing Life
Dweck, Carol – Mindset
Roy Peter Clark – Writing Tools
SPECIAL – Critiques
If you would like me to review something you have written, email me and I will be glad to take a peek, whether published or unpublished. I’m part of critique groups, so I completely understand and value your intellectual property. If you want me to publish my review as a blog post I will. If you’d prefer a private answer, I’m open to that as well.
If you want to participate in this, just email me: