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The first book on writing I ever read – what was yours?

Great re-blog today from Roz Morris :-)

Nail Your Novel

Most of us here probably have a shoal of books about writing craft. Here’s just one of my shelves.

writing bookshelf

But which was the first writing book you ever read?

For me, it was The Craft of Novel-Writing by Dianne Doubtfire. It was a gift from Husband Dave when we first met in 1992. It’s a tiny volume; just 87 pages including the index at the end and throat-clearing at the start. But it has everything you need – theme, viewpoint, planning, setting, characterisation, style, revision.

Dianne Doubtfire Nail Your NovelI flick through it now. At random, I can see sensible advice to use ‘he said’ instead of ‘she gushed’ or ‘he averred’. A section on writing description so the reader remains riveted, with examples from Iris Murdoch and Graham Greene. A paragraph about keeping a notebook beside the bed, including a torch. An explanation of style as ‘a quality as unique as your fingerprints’…

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4 responses to “The first book on writing I ever read – what was yours?

  1. Roz Morris @Roz_Morris May 31, 2016 at 2:46 am

    Thanks, Alexander!


    • Alexander M Zoltai May 31, 2016 at 11:33 am

      You are widely welcome, Roz :-)


  2. juliecroundblog May 31, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Stephen King On Writing. What else does anyone need?


    • Alexander M Zoltai May 31, 2016 at 11:35 am

      Sorry I can’t answer that question, Julie—I’ve read King a number of times but not his book on writing…

      I do hope you also registered your answer over on Roz’s original blog post…?


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