Writer's Tools & Reference

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Negotiating with the Dead
A Writer on Writing
Margaret Atwood
What do we mean when we say that someone is a writer? Is he or she an entertainer? A high priest of the god Art? An improver of readers' minds and morals? And who, for that matter, are these mysterious readers? In this wise and irresistibly quotable...
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I Never Metaphor I Didn't Like
A Comprehensive Compilation of History's Greatest Analogies, Metaphors, and Similes
Mardy Grothe
The murals in restaurants are on a par with the food in museums. America is an enormous frosted cupcake in the middle of millions of starving people. Critics are like pigs at the pastry cart. Describing something by relating it to another...
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Draft No. 4
On the Writing Process
John McPhee
Draft No. 4 is a master class on the writer's craft. In a series of playful, expertly wrought essays, John McPhee shares insights he has gathered over his career and has refined while teaching at Princeton University, where he has nurtured some of the most esteemed writers of recent decades.
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Letters to a Young Poet
Rainer Maria Rilke
"…the love that consists in this: that two solitudes protect and border and greet each other." I think this book should be handed out to high school students along with free condoms and pamphlets on road safety. I think this book should be handed out...
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The Elements of Style Illustrated
William Strunk Jr., E. B. White
The only style manual ever to appear on bestseller lists has explained to millions of readers the basic principles of plain English. The book's mantra—make every word tell—is still on point. Whether seventeen or seventy, this much-loved...