Five Books About Writing that Made Me a Better Writer

I started devouring books around second grade and by around fifth grade, I was reading adult fiction along with young adult and middle grade fiction. After lots and lots of fiction, it was a non-fiction book that first offered me that siren’s call to writing my own stories. I was thirteen years old. It was an old textbook and after reading just one essay, I knew I had to be a writer. I started writing stories out by hand and then enrolled in a typing class as soon as I was allowed to. I got a little portable manual typewriter and started submitting manuscripts. I had a dozen rejection slips before I gave it up and ran away to join the ministry.

After a decade immersed in that, I came back to it in my later twenties. It must have stuck because here we are, twenty years after I started ...