Recommended Reading

Below are sources that I have found to be helpful in my development as a writer over the years. I will continue to add to this list as needed. If you have a resource that you think would make a great addition to this page, shoot me a message by leaving a reply in the form below or tweet me at twitter.com/#!/nmnphx.

Title: Journal of A Novel: The East of Eden Letters
Author: John Steinbeck
Why it’s listed: I used this as a supplement when I was working on a literary analysis of East of Eden. Steinbeck kept a journal of his experience writing East of Eden, starting each entry as a letter to his publisher, Pascal Covici. In a nutshell, these were his daily writing exercises/warmups before tackling progress on the novel. It is a glimpse into Steinbeck’s writing process and rituals.

Title: Bird by Bird: Instructions on Writing and Life
Author: Anne Lamott
Why it’s listed: Don’t be fooled by the title. This is not a “how-to” manual on writing. Although author Anne Lamott does give some pointers on developing characters and generating ideas for your writing, I found this to be motivational more than anything. She inspires you to want to write.Writing is an art form – a way to put your inner voice to words. If you have something to say, why not write it down?

Title: Postmodern American Fiction: A Norton Anthology
Author: Varied
Why it’s listed: I think we would all agree that the term postmodern is outdated. However, this 1998 anthology brings together works from Thomas Pynchon, William Burroughs, Joyce Carol Oates and a host of others. The common ground here is that all the pieces are experimental in nature. Many different genres are represented here. It is a great way to get acquainted – or re-acquainted with mid-late 20th Century American writers.

Title: Writers’ Digest Handbook of Magazine Article Writing
Author: Edited by Michelle Ruberg
Why it’s listed:This is a great resource for writers who want to break into freelance magazine writing. This walks you through finding a focus, writing a query letter and finding the appropriate market for your pieces. It touches upon legal issues you might face as well as

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