As promised, I’m back this week with another Best of 2013 post.
This week I’ll explore the best in 2013 non-fiction creative-writing books. Note: these are not books that were written in 2013 but rather books that I read in 2013 and loved.
- The Constant Art of Being a Writer by N.M Kelby
- On Writing by Stephen King
- On Becoming a Novelist by John Gardner
The Constant Art of Being a Writer was a gift from my brother. When I first took a look at it, I didn’t have high hopes for it as it was not on my long wish list. It should have been.
The book is divided into the three aspects of the writer’s life: the life, the work and the business. The life refers of course to the writer’s creative life and well-being. The work refers to the project the writer takes upon herself, though here Kelby only discusses the novel, I found this pertinent to me, but it may be less relevant for one who is writing a screenplay. The business discusses exactly that – agents, sales, publicity and even self-publishing. I haven’t gotten to that stage yet, but when I do, I’m sure Kelby’s insights will be most helpful.