Writing

Refuse to Be Done

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Refuse to Be Done: How to Write and Rewrite a Novel in Three Drafts By Matt Bell Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781641293419
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Published: Soho Press - March 8th, 2022

I've read a ton of craft books. This is the first one about novel writing that fully acknowledges how messy a process it is, while also giving concrete steps to navigate the hard parts. Buried within these tips is a philosophy that the act of creation is in itself, beautiful. It hasn't left my desk since I finished it.

Dave


Never Say You Can't Survive

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Never Say You Can't Survive By Charlie Jane Anders Cover Image
$26.99
ISBN: 9781250800015
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Published: Tordotcom - August 17th, 2021

Writing has lately felt utterly impossible given the state the world is in. But writing can also be enormously cathartic and help you through those hard times. This book is part good, practical writing advice, part permission to let go of "shoulds" and do what you want, and all comfort in a time when it's deeply needed. Read this book, then get writing!

Shana


Thinking Inside the Box

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Thinking Inside the Box: Adventures with Crosswords and the Puzzling People Who Can't Live Without Them By Adrienne Raphel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780525522102
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Published: Penguin Books - March 16th, 2021

If you've ever found yourself wondering what a 14 letter word for "crossword fan" might be, this book is for you. You'll also learn about the origins of crossword puzzles, the history, and why "oreos" show up in so many puzzles. You might even find yourself wanting to make your own! (I can now tell you from experience, it is HARD.)

Shana


Wonderbook

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Wonderbook (Revised and Expanded): The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction By Jeff VanderMeer Cover Image
$24.99
ISBN: 9781419729669
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Published: Abrams Image - July 3rd, 2018

Trying to start that new sci-fi/fantasy novel during quarantine? Just looking for some inspiration to keep your spirits up? Do you enjoy reading snippets about storytelling from some of your favorite authors? How about creative and zany illustrations? This book's for you!

Stacey


Making Comics

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Making Comics By Lynda Barry Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781770463691
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - November 5th, 2019

 

Sitting down with  this book and materials available at any office supply shop, readers can work through Barry's course, and learn about abilities they'd forgotten they had. A brilliant, accessible book from an extraordinary person. 

 Marika


On Cussing

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On Cussing: Bad Words and Creative Cursing By Katherine Dunn Cover Image
$12.95
ISBN: 9781947793262
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Published: Tin House Books - March 26th, 2019

 

Beyond the simple joy of cussing, Dunn explores literary style, the challenges and opportunities of grammar, the history and usage of swearing, and, finally, how an arrangement of letters and words on a page can create a physical reaction in our bodies. The perfect gift for the writer, reader, language-lover, and sailor in your life. 

Josh


Making Comics

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Making Comics By Lynda Barry Cover Image
$22.95
ISBN: 9781770463691
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - November 5th, 2019

 

Sitting down with  this book and materials available at any office supply shop, readers can work through Barry's course, and learn about abilities they'd forgotten they had. A brilliant, accessible book from an extraordinary person. 

Marika


The Art of Death

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The Art of Death: Writing the Final Story (Art of...) By Edwidge Danticat Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9781555977771
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Published: Graywolf Press - July 11th, 2017

Though this is billed as a book about writing, Danticat turns the topic into something so much more. This about how we talk and write about death, but also how we talk and write about life and how we understand what it means to have life and what it means to lose it. Definitely a great book for writers or readers who also want insight into the writing process, but also a powerful book for everyone.

Josh


Tiger Writing

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Tiger Writing: Art, Culture, and the Interdependent Self (William E. Massey Sr. Lectures in American Studies) By Gish Jen Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780674072831
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Published: Harvard - March 25th, 2013

Gish Jen delivers a concise, engaging look at the profoundly different characteristics that define “good stories” across the cultural divide of East and West. Particularly interesting is her prodding of the accepted wisdom that good writing is always character-driven—a broadly Western and most especially American conceit about the definition of good writing that says more about our own self-conception than it does about the fundamentals of writing itself.

Alexander


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