Who You Are and Who You Ain't by James N. Frey
Maybe I should have saved this for about mid November but I needed it now. This should be mandatory reading for every writer. Here's a paragraph.
"But by becoming a writer, not only have you joined another faith, you’re a member of the priesthood.
By mastering your craft, by bleeding through the forehead, you are gaining a sort of supernatural power, the power to create stories that cause people to enter into a kind of trance, to be in the story world that you have created, to think and feel things they never would have thought or felt in their ordinary life. You are creating stories that tell people how to live and how to believe. You can actually bring change to the world; you can give voice to the voiceless and hope to the hopeless. People with this kind of power are scary."
I have James Frey's How to Write a Damn Good Mystery and LOVE it!!!