Category Archives: Poetry

Books about Writing

There seem to be as many books about writing as there are stars in the sky. Here are a few of my favorites:

Writing Down the Bones – Natalie Goldberg

Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft – Stephen King

Fearless Writing – William Kenower

A Natural History of the Senses – Diane Ackerman

Henry Miller on Writing

On Writing Well – William Zinsser

One Writers Beginnings – Eudora Welty

Sin and Syntax – Constance Hale

The Right to Write – Julia Cameron

The Spooky Art: Some Thoughts on Writing – Norman Mailer

Writing is My Drink – Theo Pauline Nestor

A Dangerous Profession – Frederick Busch

How to Write a Mystery – Larry Beinhart

You Are a Writer – Jeff Goins

No Plot? No Problem! – Chris Baty

The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers – Christopher Vogler

Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting – Robert McKee

 

When I read….

When I read Ernest Hemingway, John Steinbeck, William Faulkner, Norman Mailer, Saul Bellow, and many others I come away wanting to be a writer. When I read John Grisham, Stephen King, or James Michener I want to either be a lawyer, a clock-tower sniper, or just go back to being a mechanic. A writer has to take me on a journey where I forget where I am.

My Mom

My Driver’s Ed cars were a Chevy Caprice Classic and Chevy Impala. My mom’s car was a 1973 VW Super Beetle. My mom never let me drive her car until the day of my driving test. I learned to drive with an automatic transmission. I drove off to take my driver’s test having never driven a stick before. I stalled it getting out of the driveway and I stalled it all the way down the street. But, I passed my driving test within the hour. My mom was laughing at me driving away, but when I returned with my license she was pissed off.

Poet

I self-identify as a Poet. I hear this goes well with Memoir and other non-fiction type forms. My problem with writing seems to be that I do not want to lose control of what I am doing and the fact that I wrote next to nothing in junior high, high school, and by testing out of college I also avoided a lot of the writing need there as well. If I am a writer, I am a writer who hasn’t written a whole hell of a lot. If I am a Poet, I am a Poet by birthright and by temperament. Perhaps I just need to let go?