Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Pro's Prose and (toe) Tagged

Every hour you spend writing is an hour not spent fretting about your writing. ~ Dennis Palumbo  

One of my favorite books on writing, aside from the obvious (Strunk/White, Maass, King, and my personal favorite, Anne Lamott. Anne's Bird by Bird is a classic and connects with me in many personal ways, on many levels), is The Art Of War For Writers.

It's a small book with lots of short chapters (two pages or so), but James Scott Bell packed this little gem with the most concise writing advice and strategies I've seen in one simple book. No fluff, all meat. He somehow covers everything, including topics you didn't know you needed covered.
For those of you that love writing but get bored reading books on writing, THIS is your battle plan book! 
For those of us who love reading books on writing, this book will be a terrific addition to your library. 
I think every writer, no matter how seasoned, would find something of value in this book.

Okay, moving on...

The always fun T.J. Carson has Tagged me! 
I must answer the following five questions five times and then tag five people, so here goes:

Question 1: Where were you five years ago?
1. Supervising and designing the construction of our current home.
2. Spending time in our beach house in SC, and 2 weeks at the Polynesian, Disney World.
3. Several pounds lighter than I am right now. :(
4. Moving in, landscaping and decorating our new home.
5. Reading a lot of books and taking creative writing workshops.

Where would you like to be five years from now?
1. Traveling Europe
2. Published
3. Several pounds lighter than I am right now. :)
4. Watching my daughter grow into adulthood, enjoying college. (*sob*)
5. Living year round on the beach back down south.

What is your to-do list today?
1. Finish critiquing my crit-partners chapters.
2. Grocery Shop. (Evil. Hate grocery shopping.)
3. Run 3 miles on (also evil) treadmill.
4. Make a real dinner for my family.
5. Deadhead the roses.

What five snacks do you enjoy?
1. Pringles
2. Doritos (buffalo wing and blue cheese flavor!)
3. Double Stuff Oreos
4. dark chocolate
5. nachos

What five things would you do if you were a billionaire?
1. Buy a big house on the beach on Sullivan's Island.
2. Donate to charities. (my list is long)
3. Buy a house in the mountains on a lake.
4. Buy an apt. in Paris.
5. Build and keep libraries running all over the planet.

If you'd like to be tagged, please consider yourself tagged! 

What are your favorite books on writing?



Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, I'll look for that book.

Summer said...

I should really stop reading blogs before I have breakfast. They always somehow incorporate food...and make me hungry for things like double stuffed Oreos. :-(

Falen said...

ooh i have the art of war for writers on my TBR pile as we speak.

KarenG said...

Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the review, I'm adding it to my to read list. My favorite author of writing books is Sol Stein. Every word is incredibly helpful and insightful. Plus well-crafted. Which is a pet peeve of mine if I read a how to writing book that isn't well crafted.

Theresa Milstein said...

I'll add the book next to my list. If you promise I'll learn things I didn't even know I needed to learn, I'm sold!

You're the second one with the pounds lighter past and the pounds lighter future. I can relate!

That's a great quote at the top. I should get back to writing so I can stop fretting.

The Alliterative Allomorph said...

LOL. I was tagged yesterday and posted on the same day, so nope, not gonna be tagged again! :) Good on you for wanting to donate to charities. I forgot about that in my eagarness to buy houses all over the world! LOL

Don’t miss out on my contest!

Tara said...

Grocery shopping is my least favorite thing to do. Hands down. Uh, have fun...

DL Hammons said...

I'm reading Scott's book right now! :)

~Abby~ said...

Thanks for the comment and following me! I'm following you too! :)

Carolyn V. said...

That book looks GREAT! I'll have to check it out (I love writing books). I'm still trying to find my favorite, but they all have info that I need at the time I read them.

(I tried to run three miles today. I only made it to two - I hope you make your three!)

j.leigh.bailey said...

I really liked the Writers Digest books on Plot, Character, Dialogue, etc. They were a great, basic intro for a newbie like me.

Elliot Grace said...

...good morning Lola:) many thanks for the info. Another must read...Stephen King's "On Writing."

Clara said...

Lovely post! Will look for that book! =D

Ann said...

Great post. I will definitely check out this book. Loved your list. House by the ocean a must for me.

Piedmont Writer said...

Great post! Thanks for the book hook. I need to go to B&N soon, so this will be on the list.

Someday I'll join you on the beach in SC. I'm only a few hours away.

mo.stoneskin said...

Thanks for the pointer. I'm going to have to check that book out.

Crystal Cook said...

I need to get that book! Thanks :)

the treadmill, evil? No, no don't say that :) Treadmills are my friends! (he,he)

Best of luck with your to do list.

Laura Marcella said...

I mentioned The Art of War for Writers in my post today! I just started reading it and am loving it. I'm also currently reading Bird by Bird and am loving that, too!

My favorite writing books are Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg, The Right to Write by Julia Cameron, and Chicken Soup for the Writer's Soul. I also like How I Write by Janet Evanovich. There are SO many books on writing out there I still have yet to read!

Saumya said...

Bird by Bird is my favorite!! Now I'll have to check out The Art of War for Writers.

Anonymous said...

The Art of War for Writers sounds amazing. Will be picking up a copy! Thanks!

My current favorite is Self-Editing for Fiction Writers. Chock-full of good advice!

JEM said...

I am a little ADD in my nonfiction writing, so this will be a good checkout for me. I would love to have a ginormous library of awesome books if I had the money. Beauty and the Beast style.

roxy said...

I have wanted to read the Art of War writing book for a long time. Thanks for the positive review. I'm definitely going to read it now. I have a prize for you. Can you email me your address at roxyhaynie@mac.com? Thanks, Lola.

Joanne said...

That looks like a good writing book to have on hand. I don't really have one favorite, but do learn so much by reading, reading, and reading some more :)

mi said...

i'm not a gardner so i don't really know what "deadhead" the roses means, but i did get a fun visual of draping love beads on the rosebushes while you played the grateful dead to them!

Talli Roland said...

I love 'Bird by Bird'. What a great book!

There must be something in the air today because I did this tag, too!

Old Kitty said...


Great tag post and thanks for the book - sounds fab and very helpful!

Oh I love love love that you will keep libraries everywhere on this planet with if and when you become a billionaire (esp after you are published and on the best seller list!! Of course!!).

Take care

Kimberly Franklin said...

Double stuffed oreos... yum!! I need some of those too. And cupcakes!! LOL

Rebecca @ Diary of a Virgin Novelist said...

This book is everywhere today! I have been wanting to read it for a long time and I think the universe is trying to tell me something =)

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

I would love to have a home on an island somewhere as well, though I'm not sure about the south. I think maybe I'd like it to be someplace very remote where they don't speak English.

Great recommendation on the writing book, btw! And good luck making your 5 year plans come true (try not to be sad about your kiddo. I'm in the same boat, too. It's so hard watching them group up).

Jen said...

I need to get my hands on this book!

Terresa said...

My all time fave is Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg. It's a masterpiece. And so...Zen.

That lady is one centered writer. What inspiration she oozes.

Terresa said...

PS: I'm currently reading Zen and the art of writing by Ray Bradbury. That's a Very Good Writing book, too.

Shelley Sly said...

Thanks for mentioning that book, I hadn't heard of it before. I love your list! Love the Polynesian resort in Disney, love blueberry muffins and double stuff Oreos, and hate grocery shopping.

Jon Paul said...

I've always been partial to Gardner's "Art of Fiction", but I'm also feeling like I need to broaden my horizons some.

Been getting some good recces, including this one, lately. :)

Lola Sharp said...

YOU ARE SOME AWESOME PEOPLE, just in case you didn't know that already. :)


Mason Canyon said...

Enjoyed your tag comments. I so love the quote you started your post off with. It's short but has a strong message.

Thoughts in Progress

Jon Paul said...

Oh, and I tried looking inside...but it doesn't seem to be working. Either that or it's a very short book.

Kazzy said...

2 things:

Love the initial quote.

A five-year plan is a good good thing.

Arnold said...

I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.



TechnoBabe said...

I don't consider myself a writer except on my blog and I don't think I am ever going to be a serious writer like you are. I am a reader and I like reading. But I have read a few books on writing and have like them. I think I will get this book you recommend. I went to the blog you linked and will check out her blog once in awhile too. Thanks for that.
I like your answers. I didn't even know Doritos had those flavors! A big high five on the libraries all over the planet!!

Watery Tart said...

Fun facts! And that book looks like even I might like it. I have trouble with HOW TO for two reasons: 1) I am stubborn and hate being told what to do and 2) they usually take too long to get to the point and talk about themselves a lot. Sounds like this at least addresses the latter... the former there is not much help for...

Susan Fields said...

I'm going to look for that book! I do like writing books, but I have such a hard time getting through them - I'd much rather be reading fiction!

I have tried Buffalo Wing or Blue Cheese Doritos (or is that all one flavor?) Sounds very interesting!

Jai Joshi said...

Bell's book sounds very interesting. I'll have to check it out.

I like dark chocolate too. Umm, dark chocolate lindor...


Missed Periods said...

You hate grocery shopping? I love grocery shopping. I'm with you on the apartment in Paris, though.

I think the only book I have read on writing is Stephen King's. I liked what I read, but I lost it before I finished it and then had to lie about losing it to the person who gave it to me as a gift.

India Drummond said...

Will definitely do a search for that book. I'm a sucker for books on craft.

Joanne Brothwell said...

Of course Maass has some great ones. I'm going to check out the one you recommended.


B. Miller said...

Thanks for sharing this book, Lola! I'm going to have to check it out.

Portia said...

The Art of War for Writers is sitting on a stack of books next to my bed. I've heard great things, so I'm looking forward to reading it.

Oh, I'd love to have a house in the mountains by a lake too. It seems like the perfect place to write ...

Palindrome said...

oooh, I'm putting that one on my list.

my favorites are Telling Lies for Fun and Profit and Writing Down the Bones. My bibles.

Persis Shah said...

i can't wait to check out this book. thanks for sharing!

pssst. dont forget to enter the PINK LADY GIVEAWAY at http://onestylemile.blogspot.com/

have a lovely weekend!


Lola Sharp said...

I love Writing Down the Bones too!

And I am a total Maasskateer. :)

Simon C. Larter said...

I've been meaning to check out The Art of War for Writers, since I've heard so many good things about it. *sigh* Another one for the TBR pile....

May your pen be mighty

May your pen be mighty

About Me

My Photo
Lola Sharp
My name is Lola. (I'm not a showgirl) Yes, L-O-L-A Lola. It's the least of my worries. Let's move on, shall we? This blog is mostly about my misadventures on the journey to publication and beyond. My passion for lush prose, quirky characters, art, music, literature, performing arts and anything creative will be a major theme here. This journey of mine will not always be pretty. Much like rubbernecking a train wreck, I know sometimes you just can't help but look at the carnage that is often my life. So strap on your neck brace, helmet and 5-point harness and come along for the ride! Licentia poetica.
View my complete profile



Create the MAGIC

Create the MAGIC

"Our imagination flies — we are its shadow on the earth."

~Vladimir Nabokov

Pure Imagination

Pure Imagination

not all who wander are lost

not all who wander are lost

drink the wild air!

drink the wild air!



coffee & doodle art love

coffee & doodle art love

Real Beauty

Real Beauty

Badass Ms. Parker

Badass Ms. Parker

my zen

my zen

I write therefore I am

I write therefore I am



Nano '12 Winner

Nano '12 Winner

music inspires me

music inspires me

Depeche Mode Inspires

Powered by Blogger.