When a tenth anniversary edition of On Writing was published in 2010, King included a new reading list. It was published in the afterword with the following introductory note:
Archives For Writing
“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools)
to write. Simple as that.”
― Stephen King
In the afterword to his acclaimed guide On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, Stephen King shares the following reading list of 96 books, covering a diverse range of fiction and non-fiction titles.
Accompanying the list is this explanation:
These are the best books I’ve read over the last three or four years, the period during which I wrote The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, Hearts in Atlantis, On Writing, and the as-yet-unpublished From a Buick Eight. In some way or other, I suspect each book in the list had an influence on the books I wrote.
Back in May 2013 we shared Understand the Key Book Publishing Paths, an infographic from Jane Friedman, former publisher of Writer’s Digest and the current web editor of Virginia Quarterly Review. Jane has just released an updated version of the infographic that we have posted below.
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Below are the website links to the popular tools and services for producing e-book files, and to the valuable tools and assistance, as mentioned in the bottom section of the infographic:
Popular Tools & Services for Producing e-Book Files
- Scrivener: word-processing software
- Calibre: free e-book conversion tool
- Sigil: free EPUB formation/creation tool
- PressBooks: free e-book formating tool, WordPress based
- LeanPub: free tool for turning a blog into an e-book
- Apple Pages: can export EPUB files
- Apple iBooks Author: for building enhanced e-books
- Book Creator: iPad app for creating illustrated e-books (for iOS devices)
- AerBook Maker: good for multimedia-driven work
Valuable Resources & Assistance
- The Independent Publishing Magazine
- Agent Rachelle Gardner’s list of recommended editors
- Bibliocrunch: find professional editorial help
- WriterCube: Book Marketing Database
- Jane Friedman’s e-book publishing basics round-up
- Jane Friedman’s primer on how to get traditionally published
Patience, they say, is a virtue. For writers it’s a way of life. Ideas, inspiration and the right words can’t be forced, just facilitated. Sometimes the same goes for your writing career.
Some of us take a little longer than we’d like, going through our 20s, maybe 30s and beyond, unsure just what it is we want to do with our love of words, including whether or not to actually turn it from a hobby into a money-earner.
Some of us take the long route, with inevitable detours; maybe doing a couple of degrees and hopping around the many jobs that involve words before figuring it out. That’s ok – indeed, it’s necessary.
This amazing graphic takes some of the thousands of tropes (conventions and devices found within creative works) from the TV Tropes wiki and sets them out in a very creative way.
As one commenter said ‘Although very tongue-in-cheek and humor-oriented, this piece does indeed breakdown the many elements in storytelling, both modern and ancient, and most likely future too.’
Our ‘Opportunities for Writers’ posts started back in April and they have proved to be some of the most popular articles on the site. Here is our final Opportunities post for 2013.
November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, described as ‘the world’s largest writing event and nonprofit literary crusade’. Participants pledge to write 50,000 words in a month, starting from scratch and reaching ‘The End’ by November 30th. The NaNoWriMo website offers lots of tips and support, as well as links to local events around the globe.
The Best American Nonrequired Reading
is edited by a committee of high school students together with author and McSweeney’s founder Dave Eggers. According to their blog the committee ‘meets nearly every week of the year to read, debate, and compile this offbeat but vital anthology. Want to say something to us? Contact the BANR committee at nonrequired [@] gmail [dot] com. We’ll read everything you send us.’
Do you need some dedicated time away from all of the distractions of modern life to focus on your writing? If so, then these international writing residencies might be just what you need.
Image: Hotel Riga
The Baltic Writing Residency was founded in 2008. Each year, one poet, playwright, or writer of fiction is offered a month-long residency at the Hotel Bergs, a beautiful boutique hotel in Riga. The selected writer also receives $1000 toward travel and living expenses. Applications close on the 15th of December each year, and both established and emerging writers are encouraged to apply.