5 books that will make you write better

typist_reporter_scribe_small.jpgCheck out Reading Lists above for five books that address two basic roadblocks to the beginning science writer.

The first is “making time to write” and overcoming procrastination.

The second is the craft of science writing, the assortment of tips, tricks, and practices that every good science writer accrues, often through trial and error.

All but one is under $20.00.

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6 Responses to 5 books that will make you write better

  1. Cliff Burns says:

    Only the daily practice of writing makes you better. All books do is give you something to read…when you should be writing. Need inspiration? Motivation to write? Then you ain’t a real writer, you’re a wannabe. Writers write, simple as that…

  2. Mike says:

    “Only the daily practice of writing makes you better..”

    Cliff,
    Forgive me, but that’s all rather silly, don’t you think? As writing is a craft, writing is learned. Granted, trial and error is one, albeit meandering, way to learn. But most academics desire to learn from good teachers, if only to shorten the path to competency.

    And to suggest that procrastination and perfectionism is not a vice of “real writers”…well, perhaps you should read more.

    Best,
    MK

  3. Cliff Burns says:

    Was it Salman Rushdie who asked an audience at a university how many of them wanted to be writers–and then, when many raised their hands, he coolly added “Then why aren’t you at home writing?”

    I don’t read books about writing, I read books by good writers. I’ve learned far more from reading Beckett, Joyce and Pynchon than Strunk & White’s ELEMENTS OF STYLE. You see the distinction? I’ve been a pro writer for 20+ years and the daily practice of writing is what separates real writers from those who just KNOW they’d be great writers…if they only had the time (meaning COURAGE) to sit down and devote their lives to the printed word. I made that commitment a long time ago and haven’t looked back since…

  4. Mike says:

    OK, OK. Your courageous. Now quit blogging and get back to work! šŸ˜‰

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  6. Anonymous says:

    Can I just say cliff, you seem to write alot, but all of it is empty words… Perhaps a little bit more book learning would help you write something worth reading…

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