Favorite Books About the Creative Process

In the below vlog, our summer 2021 Writer in Residence Mark Athitakis discusses a couple of his favorite books about the creative process that aren’t as well-known as Stephen King’s On Writing.

Look for What it Is by Lynda Barry and Essays One by Lydia Davis at the library soon!

While you wait, check out these noteworthy titles.

Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process by John McPhee. A Pulitzer Prize winner and staff writer for The New Yorker, McPhee shares writing tips and personal anecdotes in this charming informative guide. Also available for audio download from the Cloud Library.

 Telling Lies for Fun and Profit: A Manual for Fiction Writers by Lawrence Block. Recommended by our inaugural Writer in Residence James L. Thane.

Steering the Craft: A Twenty-First Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story by Ursula K. Le Guin.

The Poets & Writers Complete Guide to being a Writer: Everything You Need to Know About Craft, Inspiration, Agents, Editors, Publishing, and the Business of Building a Sustainable Writing Career by Kevin Larimer.

Writer’s Digest Guide to Magazine Article Writing by Kerrie Flanagan.

The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction by Neil Gaiman