My Favorite Book On Writing

By on August 9, 2014

Orson Scott Card’s Elements of Fiction Writing – Characters & Viewpoint: Proven advice and timeless techniques for creating compelling characters by an award-winning author is the best book on writing that I have ever read, and I’ve read a lot of writing books.

A while back, Writer’s Digest magazine (which I subscribe to) created the Elements of Fiction Writing series of books for authors.  I purchased almost every one of the books, particularly those teaching writing for every genre I thought I might like to write for, plus general books on good writing techniques, including two copies of Elements of Fiction Writing – Characters & Viewpoint.  I can’t remember why I had two identical copies, but I’m sure I had a good reason!  One for each floor of my house?  I haven’t a clue.  When we moved from Maryland to our horse farm in Virginia, all those books were packed into a cardboard box that wound up in the basement because we didn’t have time to unpack everything.  All those books were destroyed when we had an eight-inch flood in the basement because our sump pump failed.  We now have two sump pumps, and I know why we have two!

Anyway, after reading every one of those Elements of Fiction Writing books, the one that stuck in my mind as the most helpful was Elements of Fiction Writing – Characters & Viewpoint.  I like this book so much that I just bought yet another copy, but this one is a Kindle book, so I know the floods won’t get it.

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