Editor Susan Mary Malone Shares Her Most Recommended Books On How To Write
DALLAS, TX: Susan Mary Malone, (http://www.maloneeditorial.com/), award-winning developmental editor and author, recently released a list of her recommended books on writing. She also gave insight on the merits of each, and what to look for in a book on writing, as well as what not to look for. The list, as well as Susan’s other articles on the literary world, can be found on Susan Malone’s blog: http://www.maloneeditorial.com/
Susan Malone suggested that writers start with Strunk and White’s “The Elements Of Style.” “For understanding language and style, grammar and syntax and sentence structure it can’t be beat.” She also suggested Jack Bickam’s “Scene and Structure.” She comments “When you break down a chapter, you do so by studying the scenes involved—where they hit, where they missed, what’s flat, what’s beside the point, etc. This book does a great job of clearing the page about this.” Her most recommended is Sharon Creech’s “Love That Dog,” “It is about finding your voice (although not at the exclusion of everything else!).”
Ms. Malone also stated: “The real truth is, you’re pushing water uphill if you want this to fall into some sort of one, two, three scenario. As with all art, the path is winding and circular and includes hills and valleys and the deep recesses of the ocean floor. In other words, the one, two, three of book development doesn’t exist, so go ahead and lay that aside.”
The full list can be seen here: http://www.maloneeditorial.com/blog/books-on-writing/
Susan Mary Malone has worked as a freelance editor since 1993, with a BS in Political Science and minors in English and Journalism. Her client list includes NY Times Bestsellers, Essence Bestsellers and books featured in Publishers Weekly. She is also an award-winning author of fiction and non-fiction herself. She participates as a speaker in literary conferences such as the Harriett Austin Writer’s Conference (at the University of Georgia), the Blue Ridge Writer’s Conference, the SouthWest Writer’s Conference, the East Texas Writer’s Guild, and the upcoming Lexicon Writer’s Conference, among others. Her full biography and featured list of published authors can be viewed at http://www.maloneeditorial.com.