The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books asks 125 of modernity’s greatest British and American writers to provide a list, ranked, in order, of what they consider the ten greatest works of fiction of all time– novels, story collections, plays, or poems.
Here is their selection…
Personally, I’m down with a long book — I love diving into a story and knowing I’ll get to stick around for a while, spending quality time with the characters I love and the world they live in. But at the same time, I get it: not everyone wants to sit down with all 1049 pages of The Arabian Nights when there are so many other good books to read; ones that require far less significant a time commitment. Some of us have Netflix binges to get back to, after all. But with that said, there are still some especially long books that are definitely worth the time it takes to read them.
Here are 11 of the longest books that are still worth your time…
Do you find yourself using the word ‘good’ to describe just about anything? Surely, it’s convenient and time-efficient to use one word over and over again, but does it really express the exact meaning you’d like to convey?
I became a writer when I was ten years old, the same year that I discovered Agatha Christie – and therefore crime fiction. On Christmas Day 1984, I unwrapped a notebook and a box of pens, and after lunch, while everyone else dozed chipolata-stuffed in front of the TV, I made a nest in the corner of the dining room and began to write my own murder mystery.
via How I Became A Writer : Women Writers, Women’s Books
Writing can be a downright scary process. Whether you’re writing a book or an article, you are opening your ideas to an audience and allowing them to engage with – and maybe criticize – your work.
For this reason, writers often hold their content close and only allow others to read it when it feels more polished and complete.
The downside to keeping your ideas and writing private lies in losing out on valuable feedback if you don’t share early and with the right people.
via How to Get the Right Kind of Feedback for Your Writing | Inc.com
Do your first drafts always turn out exactly how you want them to? Congratulations! Keep doing what you’re doing.
For most of us, there’s a gap between the beautiful, magical book in our heads and the rough, inadequate first draft that lands on the page when we try to write that beautiful book down.
But here’s the good news—for every way your first draft fails, it gets you farther down the road to success. Here are a few of the ways it might happen to you.
via 9 Ways You Succeed When Your First Draft Fails | WritersDigest.com
Every month, the Writer’s Bone crew reviews or previews books we’ve read or want to read. This series may or may not also serve as a confessional for guilty pleasures and hipster novels only the brave would attempt. Here are their November 2016 recommendations…
Writers Bone November Reading List