Best Books for Writers to Read

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Here are some books that are great for writers for various reasons. Writing is a lot more than just sitting down and bashing out words on the keyboard. It’s a discipline that requires tenacity, routine and intense creativity.

What you’re reading is just as important as who you hang out with and how you speak to yourself. Surrounding yourself with a way to continue to grow and learn is essential. These aren’t all the awesome books in the world to read. only a few.

Note: All the books are linked to Amazon. These aren’t affiliate links. We don’t make money if you click the link. We literally do this because we enjoy it!

The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition by [Strunk Jr., William , Strunk, Jr., William]

Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. and E.B. White

The copy of this book I own is from my college days and was purchased used at a bookstore that has long since shut down. There are still stickers on the spine that decry its status as previously owned by someone else. And had I known when I purchased it for my first college writing class that it was going to be as important as it is to me now, I may have bought a better copy. But that’s not important. What’s important is that this is bar none the best book for anyone who wants to become a better writer.

On Writing by Stephen King

I have to admit that I haven’t read much King in my life. I have a copy of ITthat was loaned to me by a friend over a year ago, and it’s on my to be read list. But it’s a beast of a book, and it’s going to have to wait. The only Stephen King book I have finished to this day is On Writing. I love how he enumerates the things that made him a writer, and I especially like how he talks about his college experience.

Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by [Goldberg, Natalie]

Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg

This is a book that I want to savor. I have started it a million times, and never finished. I know that I will love it, but there is a slowness to it and the ideas behind it that my anxiety won’t let me enjoy. I think I’m getting there, but it will be a bit. If you want to approach writing as more of a spiritual discipline and doorway to identity, then this is the book for you.

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The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

Coping with burnout and connecting your art and creativity to your spirituality are important aspects of writing, and The Artist’s Way can help you do it. If you find yourself spread too thin during NaNoWriMo and unsure of how to fix it, check out this book and start putting some of the information to good use.

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Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King

The worst part of writing is editing, and I will fight anyone who says otherwise. It’s not that editing is bad, it’s just transitioning into that mindset and using a different set of skills is always difficult. If you’re looking to get better at creating work that’s publishable and molding your writing into shape, this book will get you there.

Ralph Keyes: The Courage to Write : How Writers Transcend Fear 

If you are looking for courage to write, Keyes’ book can help. It turns out that, not only are good writing and fear related, they are symbiotic. An author *needs* fear to produce authentic material. Being a writer is not about conquering fear, Keyes suggests, it’s about learning to control and transmute it. It’s about courage.


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