Summer Reading for Writers

You can start or add to your private library of writing books. These are great choices. I’ve purchased many books through Writer’s Digest Books over the years and find them a great resource.  Here are four great summer reads from Writer’s Digest Books:


Write Like the Masters: Emulating the Best of Hemingway, Faulkner, Salinger, and Others, by William Cane. This book analyzes the writing styles of 21 great novelists and then provides practical advice on how to imitate to help writers improve their own writing style.


102 Ways to Earn Money Writing 1,500 Words or Less, by I.J. Schecter. Schecter is one of my personal favorite freelancers, and he’s always a wealth of freelancing information that writers can put into use immediately.


Showing & Telling: Learn How to Show & When to Tell for Powerful and Balanced Writing, by Laurie Alberts. Maybe one of the most difficult tightropes to walk in fiction and narrative nonfiction is balancing between telling readers what happened and showing them.


Writing & Selling Your Memoir, by Paula Balzer. Do you have an amazing story to tell? If so, your first step is to write it. Then, you need to sell the manuscript. Balzer explains how to do both.