Do Books on Writing Work?

peter gruner

Earlier in the year, I was talking to a professional writer when they went on a rant about books on writing. “Writing can’t be taught from a book!” I nodded in agreement, but with a guilty heart. I had a few books on writing at home — I had even read a couple of them.

BooksOnWriting-lrLater, I was astounded to realize that I had over 45 books on writing! And I had read at least a dozen others that I had borrowed or taken out of the library. But did I learn anything from them…?

While I agree that the best way to learn to write is to sit down and write, I also think things can be learned from doing writing exercises or reading about the experiences or routines of other writers.

The first writing advice that I can remember reading was from Ray Bradbury. He suggested that to…

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