I’ll be taking a break from blogging until September. My editing services will still be available — just send me an email at mail (at) flubs2fixes (dot) com and let me know what sort of editing you’re looking for. (See my services page, my procedures page and my rates page for more information.)
Over the summer, if you’re looking for good books on writing craft, here are a few suggestions:
Steering the Craft: A 21st-Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story by Ursula K. Le Guin. Despite being a small book, this is not a quick read — at least not if you put it to full use. Besides covering the essentials of the craft of story, Le Guin gives many examples from the classics, and excellent writing exercises so that you can put into practice the lessons she teaches.
In her description of the book on her website, she says “though I can’t do a crash course in English grammar and usage, I tried to encourage my writer-readers to consider the value of the marvelous tools their language provides, and to get familiar with them to the point that they can play with them freely.” She does a marvelous job of this.
Here’s a brief interview about the book — NPR’s Scott Simon talking to Ursula Le Guin. I highly recommend spending some time this summer on the sea of story, learning how to steer your craft by one of the masters.
Another classic on revision is The Craft of Revision by Donald Morison Murray. Again, a deceptively slim book filled to the brim with excellent advice on revising. He was a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, who knew how to explain the nitty-gritty of writing and how to teach others to get at the problems in their own writing and solve them. This link gives you the chapter headings, which will give you an overview of what he covers in the book.
Over the summer, I’m looking forward to reading Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them by Francine Prose. Watch for a post about it in the fall!
Happy reading, happy writing, and I’ll see you in the fall!