Fiction Technique Books
I have quite a few books on the technique of fiction writing, but I've never read them. I've browsed through a few of the ones sitting on my shelf, collecting dust: John Gardner's the Art of Fiction, Annie Dillard's The Writing Life, Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones, Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird, Story Structure Handbook, etc. I heard Stephen King has a good one but I have yet to buy it.
For the most part, I just can't seem to get into them. It seems that one should spend their time trying to write and figure it out, rather than reading about writing. John Gardner's Art of Fiction I find incredibly academic and obtuse. It takes all the drama and discovery out of the creative process.
But I just picked one up that I am not only actually reading, but enjoying, too. Self Editing for Fiction Writers
It's written by two fiction editors and there is a lot of helpful information on point of view, narrative distance and dialogue. I am actually proud to see that I am doing things right when it comes to these points. (For the most part; there's still room for improvement.) Curious to see what others think of technique books.