Here's my confession for this week: I don't usually read books about writing because most of them annoy me.
It's not that I don't want to learn from established authors. I do. I'm greedy for all the information about writing that I can find. I want to learn. But lately, with the growth of self-publishing and many people thinking that uploading a first draft makes them an author, there's now a very large market for How-to-Write books, and too many of them purport to have the tricks or secrets that will make the process quick and easy.
Look, I don't object to an established author making a bit of extra money or acting as a mentor. I do object to bad and trite advice.
Three things that people tend to write about writing that do no one any good:
So, what are the books you should be reading if you want a little advice or insight into writing? Books that tell you the truth: writing is hard, writing is a (mainly low-paying) job. Look for books that focus on the work of writing; the technical aspects, rather than the harnessing of your 'inner writing light.'
Erin Bedford, writer.