I have never read a book on writing. I haven't read Steven King's book on writing, I can't even recall the title right now. My boyfriend downloaded a preview of it to his Nook but the pages were Mr. King talking about his childhood, giving a history of his life. He said he'd buy it for me if I wanted. I said maybe later and later hasn't come yet.
To some this might not be a big deal but to writers... there's probably a few jaws dropping. A lot of writer friends have at some point talked about books they've read on writing. Steven King's book is the one EVERYONE recommends. If you read only one book on writing that is the book to read. I'm sure if I asked, my writer buddies would rush to recommend the ones they loved and learned a lot from.
But I'm not asking and I won't be anytime soon. You see, I was an art freak in high school and went to college for a year (and half) for art. My high school art teacher was amazing, I loved him, my other artsy friends in the class with me loved him. The only people who didn't love him were the ones that took Art I and II thinking it was a slacker class then found out there's a lot more to art the putting pencil to paper. My art teacher stressed one rule and it was this:
Do NOT read how to book - more specifically how to draw books.
How to draw books were nothing more than another artist trying to make you draw the same way he or she did. That was just wrong in my art teacher's opinion. Everyone's artistic style was different and using a how to draw book only stifled an individual's style. We had to discover our own style and nurture it.
That's how I feel about writing books. I see interviews with writers or authors giving tips and saying, "Read as many books on the craft you can." What I hear are my art teacher words. Do not use how to books. So i say no to how to write books. I'm not going to read them and let them tell me how to write. That's stifling my style, hindering my creativity. Yes, I will pay attention to grammar rules and punctuation. I will learn about fluff words. I will listen to advice on sentence structure. I will ask for help and consider suggestions. But I'm not picking up a book to do that.
I just can't.