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Twelve books that will make you a better writer and storyteller
I always like the one I' m going to have. I' m getting the storyline, the protagonists, the author's vote. On the last pages I can experience a kind of premonition of the end, which is why I often follow a sequential and sometimes obsessive approach to the works of a novelist I like.
So, when I tried to pick my top references from the books I was reading in 2017, which will make you a better author in 2018.... well, it was torture. They' not necessarily my favourite books (although some are), but they will make you a better author. And most of them are not new books.
In 2017 I didn't start reading some of them for the first reading, I reread them. You can rediscover the best books: You can always re-read the old and trip into a world that feels new. There are 12 books here that can help you become a better author in 2018:
Roz's novel is sorrowful, sincere and (often dark) comical. It' a great reading, even if you're not talking about ageing parent or grandparent - and not me; my parent passed away years ago. It' by my girlfriend Mindy Fried, a social ologist who wrote about the care of her 97-year-old dad in the last year of his career, with a policy background (her dad was an actress, author and a work organiser who was named before the House Un-American Activities Committee).
The things authors can learn: As one writes about common things in unusual ways (B-to-B authors, I'm looking at you). All of these books document everyday life experiences - but with a view and approach that makes the story anything but prose. Years ago my boyfriend Mitch Joel suggested Steven Pressfield's work to me, and I read it in 2017.
On the other hand, Steven's autobiography is about postponement. And I hesitated to do so. This seems appropriate. The things authors can learn: It is not difficult to write," Steven wrote. It'?s difficult to sit down to write." Lucia Berlin publishes this set of shorts in posthumous style. It turned out to be one of the most important books I started studying in 2017.
It makes your poetic speech sizzle. Not always a nice reading. Several of the more than 40 tales are unsettling and violent. However, Lucia's linguistic usage, the speed of her fiction, the unorthodox nature of grammar and the depth of her character remained with me long after I graduated.
Sometimes I drive down the street by mechanical means, and all of a sudden I notice that I am commemorating a Lucia Berlin film.