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A quick but very meaty read. Worth re-reading multiple times to really let the ideas soak in. Pressfield's Do the Work is also an excellent, quick and profound read.






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Lamott's Bird by Bird is a classic for a reason. It soothes you, reassures you, and kicks you in the ass all at the same time. Highly recommended.





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Ginsberg, like Lamott, is a fabulous "writer about writing." This book will have you itching to put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard within the first few pages.






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It should go without saying that every writer should own this book. And, you know, read it. Many words to live by, and definitely a classic in the category of grammar and style.






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I'll be honest--I didn't actually like this book. But, because I want to be sure all types of writers have the kinds of books they need to keep them writing, I've included it because I think it would appeal to traditional "plotters" who'd like to find new approaches to structuring their writing. Whether you're in pre-work, mid-writing, or editing, this book has advice to offer.





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