So, I'm going to post my top 5 books every writer should read. We'll call it Nano prep. Also, I am entirely too lazy to hunt down most of these covers.
1) Redshirts by John Scalzi
There is no way for me to tell you why you should read this, as a writer, without giving everything away. Just go. Read.
2) Characters and Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card
So many of us have issues with Mr Card, but this is one of the best writing books I've ever read. If you haven't looked at the series give it a go.
3) Eats, Shoots, and Leaves by Lynne Truss
The 'in tray' joke is still my favorite. But on a more serious note, it's been invaluable for teaching me things about grammar I really should have known.
4) Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass
Generally I think the overly kitchy 'how to write a best-seller' genre is better off left in the refuse pile, but this one actually had some worth-while things in it.
5) No Plot, No Problem! by Chris Baty
It's a fun little book, and it can be suitably helpful if you're participating in nano. Actually, if it's your first time I'd almost call it a required read!
Come back Wednesday and we'll have some sort of book review. We all love books, right? It'll be fun.