My Top 12 Writing Resources

This is a picture of a fraction of my books on writing, but it really does represent a good cross-section of my collection. I think they’re a little something for everyone here. Some of them are older, but I linked them to the closest matches I could find.

In no particular order:

  1. Writers Digest Crime Reference
  2. Writing Down the Bones
  3. On Writing
  4. 10,000 Baby Names
  5. Walking on Alligators
  6. The Playwrights Handbook
  7. The Copywriter’s Handbook 
  8. Bird by Bird
  9. Starting from Scratch
  10. How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author
  11. Writing in an Age of Silence
  12. Save the Cat

Share your favorites in the comments if you like. I’d love to hear what other writers rely on.


Book Review: Unhinged

Unhinged by Omarosa Manigault Newman

I wasn’t terribly familiar with Omarosa. I was aware she had been on The Apprentice, but I had never seen the show, so this was my introduction.

She came off pretty well in the account, as is the case in most self-written books, but she did have an insider’s view after knowing him for 15 years.

What came through most was her alarm at his dramatic mental deterioration since The Apprentice. She thought that he was sharp minded then, but when she was part of the WhiteHouse staff, he seemed incapable of grasping simple concepts.

Even when carefully briefed, he went off script, not just because he needed to make every event about him, but because he simply couldn’t retain information.

Other points:

Kellyanne Conway (Who Omarosa dubbed “Swamp Creature.”) switched to the Trump team seamlessly after opposing him vociferously, like a vacuum cleaner salesperson who had begun shilling for another brand.

Reince Prebis laid down the law early in “Trumpworld” that no matter what the president said, the White House would back him up. This is what lead to Sean Spicer’s assertion that theirs was the largest inaugural crowd ever, when it was a mere fraction of the size of his predecessors.

Trump wanted to be sworn in on The Art of the Deal, a highly fictionalized ghostwritten book about his business tactics in the 70s.

Don Jr constantly seeks his father’s approval, usually in vein.

Melania finds her husband as distasteful as most Americans do.

He reads at maybe an eighth grade level and has no attention span.

General Kelly’s arrival at the White House seemed to further destabilize him. He isolated him from those he trusted most, either unthinkingly or by design.

Not sure if a tape of him saying the “n” word will make any difference. He has a decades long history of racism which hasn’t hurt him. Also the tape in which he bragged about sexual assault didn’t keep him from winning the election.

Lots more tidbits in the book.

Not particularly well written, organized or edited, but worth a look. A bit self-serving, confirms what most of us suspect, but it’s a quick read.

Book Review: The 5 Second Rule

The Five Second Rule by Mel Robbins5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins

I expected this book to be gimmicky or like a blog post that had gone on far too long. I was pleasantly surprised. I picked 5 Second Rule after seeing Amy Landino interview Mel Robbins.

The 5 second rule offers practical advice for overcoming procrastination, anxiety and fear. Properly applied, it can give you a kick in the pants to be your authentic self or to prevent introverts from turning into hermits.

My personal experience: I woke up before my alarm and wanted to put the 5 second rule into action, so 5,4,3,2,1 … I opened my eyes. Turned out it was only 12:41, so I had several more hours to sleep. But the spirit was willing.

Definitely worth an open-minded read. It has the potential to be life-changing.