• It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.
    Martha Graham
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A Year of Writing Dangerously: 365 Days of Inspiration and Encouragement

Barbara Abercrombie (New World Library, 2012)

The Secret Miracle: The Novelist’s Handbook

Edited by Daniel Alarcón (Henry Holt and Company, 2010)

The Artful Edit: On the Practice of Editing Yourself

Susan Bell, The Artful Edit: On the Practice of Editing Yourself (W.W. Norton, 2008)

Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew

Ursula K. Le Guin (Eighth Mountain Press, 1998)

The Scene Book: A Primer for the Fiction Writer

Sandra Scofield (Penguin, 2007)

A Field Guide for Immersion Writing: Memoir, Journalism and Travel

Robin Hemley (University of Georgia Press, 2012)

ABC of Reading

Ezra Pound (New Directions, 2010)

The Autobiographer's Handbook: The 826 National Guide to Writing Your Memoir

Edited by Jennifer Traig (Holt Paperbacks, 2008)

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Stephen King (Scribner, 2010)

The Forest for the Trees: An Editor's Advice to Writers

Betsey Lerner, (Riverhead Trade, 2010)

Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them

Francine Prose (HarperCollins, 2006)

The Art of Subtext: Beyond Plot

Charles Baxter (Graywolf Press, 2007)

The Making of a Story: A Norton Guide to Creative Writing

Alice LaPlante (W.W. Norton & Company, 2010)

A Writer's Workbook: Daily Exercises for the Writing Life

Caroline Sharp (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2002)

Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within

Natalie Goldberg (Shambhala Publications, 1986)

The Mindful Writer: Noble Truths of the Writing Life

Dinty Moore (Wisdom Publications, 2012)

A Writer's Book of Days: A Spirited Companion and Lively Muse for the Writing Life

Judy Reeves (New World Library, 2010)

The Writer's Notebook: Craft Essays From Tin House

Dorothy Allison, Jim Shepard, Aimee Bender and Kate Bernheimer (Tin House Books, 2009)