GUIDES TO LITERARY CORRECTNESS
Treatises on the craft &
guides by which to write and read by.
- 11 Commandments of Writing and Daily Creative Routine. By Henry Miller (as appear in Henry Miller on Writing)
- Pravic Commandments For New Science Fiction (offsite). By David Gill and Nathaniel Miller, of the magazine Pravic: A New Grammar for Science Fiction.
- The Writer's Technique in Thirteen Theses.
By Walter Benjamin, as appears in his 1928 treatise One-Way Street, in a section titled “Post No Bills” (and as is published in Reflections: Essays, Aphorisms, Autobiographical Writings; hat-tip to Mark Schorr for bringing this guide to our attention)
- Literary Composition. By H.P. Lovecraft (first published in the January, 1920 issue of The United Amateur). A listing of other essays along this line, including "Metrical Regularity" and "Notes on Writing Weird Fiction", appear at hplovecraft.com.
- [How to write Star Trek episodes]. By Paramount in association with Norway Productions, dated 1967. This writers’ guide for the original Star Trek series show how early episodes were crafted and was meant to help writers for the year-old show—as well as prospective writers working on spec scripts—nail the tone and content of a typical episode.
- How To Write With Style. By Kurt Vonnegut, as appeared in a print format sponsored by International Paper Company (via the BoingBoing Flickr Pool, where it was uploaded by vintage ad archivist MewDeep)
- How To (and How Not To) Write Poetry. By Wisława Szymborska, from her poetry columns in Literary Life .
- I SUGGEST. By Basil Bunting, from Tamar Yoseloff's blog.
- How Not to Write Novel.
By Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman.
- Nineteen Theses on Literature. By Roger Shattuck, as appeared in Essays in Criticism, Vol. XLV, No. 3.
- On Writing. By Jorge Luis Borges, as published by Penguin in 2010.
- The Name and Nature of Poetry. By A. E. Housman, 1933.
- Rules for Writing Fiction. Advice from Elmore Leonard, Diana Athill, Margaret Atwood, Roddy Doyle, Helen Dunmore, Geoff Dyer, Anne Enright, Richard Ford, Jonathan Franzen, Esther Freud, Neil Gaiman, David Hare, P.D. James, and A.L. Kennedy, compiled by the Guardian
- Writing Better. By Susan Snively,
1982, revised in 1983 and 1994, posted online in 2008.
- Chapter 2: Simplicity. By William Zinsser, 1995, from On Writing Well. BU community only; Kerberos password required.
- Practical Tips on Writing a Book from 23 Brilliant Authors. By Steve Silberman, for the NeuroTribes blog, on June 2, 2011.
- How to Write a Sentence, and How to Read One. By Stanley Fish, 2011.
- The Study of Poetry. By Matthew Arnold, 1880.
- Exercises in Style (offsite, in French). By Raymond Queneau, 1947.
- Nineteen rules governing literary art. By Mark Twain, 1895.
- Observations on magazine fiction. By Colin Fleming, 2010.
Oath for the Pluralist. By Wayne Booth, 1979.
- Hints for Writing Philosophy Papers (offsite). By Peter Bokulich, 2007.
It Right: A Little Blacklist of Literary Faults. By Ambrose Bierce, 1909.
- The Underground Grammarian (offsite). By Richard Mitchell, 1972-1992.
- On copia of words and ideas (offsite). Latin: "
De Utraque Verborum ac Rerum Copia. A handbook for those who value variety, especially Chapter 33 where Desiderius Erasmus famously demonstrates the variability of any expression by giving 195 variations on the sentence, "Your letter pleased me greatly" (1512).
- Sage advice on writing. Compiled by Citizendium editors between 2007-2009 (original).
To Deconstruct Almost Anything:
My Postmodern Adventure (offsite). By Chip Morningstar, 1993.
Sheet of 26. By Robert Levine, this version 2007, original c.1985.
to Put the F in Comma (offsite). By F.J. Bergmann, 2005.
Glossary of Book Publishing Terms (offsite).
e.g., "LITERATURE: Designation applied to titles judged unsaleable."
By Thomas Christensen, 2008.
Notes of Instruction. By George Gascoigne, 2005.
Rationale of Verse (offsite). By Edgar Allan Poe, 1848.
Poetic Principle (offsite).
By Edgar Allan Poe, 1850.
- The Philosophy of Composition (offsite).
By Edgar Allan Poe, 1846.
Writing Prompts (offsite).
By Dan Wiencek, 2006.