Friday, 14 August 2009

Writing What You Know

I downloaded "396 Books & Other Resources" from Holly Lisle's website. I am most pleasantly surprised by its concept. Of course we have all heard: Write what you know. In many writing books, we have also learned, "Know more" so you can "Write What You Know" with more stuff. What Holly did is got lots of people to recommend fiction and non-fiction books, compiled the list, and that's what this download offers. She also lists some strategies on how you could learn more from the books. It's not rocket science, and I am sure we have all done it at some point with some books, but what's good about this is that there is a huge list of books recommended by other writers, and strategy guide Holly has devised is a handy little reference sheet which would come in especially useful when reading a non-fiction book for research. Check it out at - and just type the book's title in search area.


  1. Thanks for sharing the link. Holly Lisle is so generous sharing her vast knowledge and experience. Have you had a look at her One-Pass Manuscript Revision? It's pretty cool too.

  2. Hi C R, no I haven't read that yet. I downloaded the plot-outline mini-course and this book list. I think I need a good book first, before worrying about final revisions. (*SIGH*)