It’s a collection I’ve been adding to since I bought my first one in 2006. That was Kate Walker’s 12 Point Guide to Writing Romance and even better, it’s signed! I was attending my first writing course, which was Kate’s weekend course in Fishguard, run by Writers’ Holiday. This is one of the books which is my constant companion on my desk as I write. The other is The Emotional Thesaurus and of course, a dictionary.
One of my favourite to read, is Wannabe a Writer? by Jane Wenham-Jones. This brilliant book, telling all you need to know about being a writer, covers everything from the discipline of writing and keeping at it to writers’ bottom. A must read for anyone who hasn’t encountered this book.
As you see from the first photo, my bookshelves are now tightly packed with these books, but I don’t expect it will dissuade me from adding to them in the future.
So what’s the attraction of all these books? Writing is a solitary occupation and it’s great to be able to dip in and out of these books, referencing things that suddenly make me question myself and my writing. Like those moments when suddenly housework becomes amazingly interesting and you’re convinced you can’t write. I’m sure we can all relate to that at some point!
I’d love to know if there are any more serious collectors of these books out there. Also, if you have a favourite book on writing, what is it? I might just want to add it to my groaning shelves!