NOTE: Before I start this post……I have now been ‘Rambling’ for over two years; but it is only for the last four months have I been doing so here on WordPress.
I wish I had originally started this Blog on WordPress because since moving from my previous platform(s) I have had far more interactions, of higher quality than ever before. So before I start todays ‘Rambling’ I would like to thank you all, especially those of you who now follow these random scribblings of mine.
Now too my Rambling of the day!
I know that the majority who read ‘Ramblings from a Writers Mind’ are indeed writers and it is with that in mind I try, in my haphazard way, to offer advice and share knowledge about all facets of a writer’s life, from the more technical stuff to empathetic ‘hugs’ during those long lonely hours when nothing written seems to work!
One subject I have not broached so far is that of a writers own library. I do not mean the reading material we have for our own pastime, but that which we turn to for help and aid during the long toil of writing a book, or a poem, or an article….or even (possibly) a Blog such as this.
I have, over the years, amassed a huge array of various reference and resource works which sit heavily on and bow the shelves of my bookcases.
Even though we have ease of access to the infinitude of the interwebs content and can collate and bookmark pages, sites and various content to our hearts desire, it is not always so practical to move away from our works and scuttle back and forth electronically.
At best this method causes interruption to the creative flow, at worst it is a distraction where one can easily click, just for a moment, a quick glance, at our email or network sites……then three hours later we wonder why we have achieved so little progress!
This is where a book, those pale pages which one has to turn manually become so much more than just good friends, they become our tutors, our mentors, our coachesA, they allow us to find the information we seek while keeping us focused on the task in hand.
Often, while writing I have three, four, seven, even ten various books open on my desk. Each one a weighty and mighty tome of facts and particulars, essential specifics and verifications which I can access at a glance without dismissing the words I am working on, the complex wordsmithing I am hammering out on the furnace of imagination.
You may ask, what are these bound pages of mystical knowledge I keep about me?
Then I shall reveal their names, some you may already be acquainted with, others may yet be strangers, but all are, to me good friends.
These are some you may have, or at least you may have one of their cousins……
The Chambers Dictionary.
Webster’s Encyclopaedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language.
Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary.
Concise Dictionary of English Etymology, by Walter W. Skeat.
Dictionary of Difficult Words, by Robert H. Hill.
Dictionary of Word Origins, by John Ayto.
Grammatically Correct by Anne Stilman.
Beginnings, Middles & Ends by Nancy Kress.
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, by Stephen King.
The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations.
The Ultimate Loo Book, Mitchell Symons.
Alphabetical: How Every Letter Tells a Story, by Michael Rosen.
Lastly these should be among your very best friends………
How to Write a Damn Good Novel: (A Step-by-Step No Nonsense Guide to Dramatic Storytelling), by James N. Frey.
Plot & Structure: (Techniques and Exercises for Crafting a Plot That Grips Readers from Start to Finish), by James Scott Bell.
Clearly these are just a few of those books which line my office walls like paladins. I think you can find copies on Amazon, or indeed go and browse your local bookstore where you may find a lonely discarded volume in need of a good home!
I hope this post has been enjoyable to read as well as helpful. Please follow my blog if you are not already doing so, as I have many more ideas and thoughts I would like to share with you.
Thank you for reading, Paul.