Great Books on Writing and My Writing Principles

Neal Lemery’s List of Suggested Books on Writing Craft and Guiding Principles



Stephen King, On Writing


Natalie Goldberg, Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within


Lisa Cron, Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentenc


Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life


Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity





My Guiding Principles


  • Write what you know
  • Show, don’t tell
  • Write often, even if it’s the grocery list
  • Carve out a time and space to write and do it regularly. (Make an appointment with yourself.)
  • Carry some paper and a pen everywhere. The Muse strikes unexpectedly.
  • Give words to someone’s story. Give them a voice.
  • If the story is too close, too painful, write it as fiction, or in third person.
  • Writing folders on your computer, on the desktop. Yearly Journal. Subjects. Don’t trash anything. Every writing work is a seed.
  • Read great writing.
  • Do a blog. (self imposed obligation to write, and gets you “out there”)
    • com
    • com
    • (My blog turned into two books)
    • group blog
    • guest blog (post someone else’s writing on your blog)
    • Link to your Facebook page, or blog directly on Facebook
    • Photo blog/Instagram
    • Link to Twitter