On Writing (Well)

The film Ratatouille argues that “anyone can cook.” In the same vein, I firmly believe that “anyone can write.”

I’m slowly assembling a number of things that may be useful if you want to learn about writing–whether you’re writing fiction or nonfiction.

First up, here’s a page on Writing Metaphors. These are metaphors that are revelatory about the writing process, that provide a frame of reference for thinking about writing.

Here’s a link to all my blog posts that are “Writing Lessons“–principles of writing or discussions on writing that you may find useful.

Recommended Writing Books

General Writing and Creativity

Rhetoric, Persuasive Writing, and Academic Writing

  • Introduction to Rhetorical Theory by Gerard A. Hauser
  • Appeals in Modern Rhetoric: An Ordinary Language Approach
  • Writing and Rhetoric by Brett McInelly
  • They Say, I Say: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing
Creative Writing

Online Writing Resources

  • Draft:¬†Essays on Writing from the New York Times
  • Grammar Girl: Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing
  • Purdue OWL: MLA Formatting and Style Guide
  • Copyblogger Blog: Writing Advice, with emphasis on Online Writing