The 11 Best Books On How To Write

I have compiled a list of the 11 best books on how to write.

No matter how much you write or how famous you become, you will always feel the need to learn and improve, otherwise you will stagnate.

As a fiction author, you need to continuously read good fiction. It helps keep your mind on track, so you know what you’re aiming for.

It keeps your mind sharp.

You should also keep reading nonfiction, especially about writing.

Here is the list of books I have personally found most useful in the pursuit of excellence in storytelling.

There are so many to choose from that it’s difficult to compile a list of just eleven, but if I were to begin writing all over again, or occasionally revisit as a refresher, these are the ones I would begin with.

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11 Books Every Working Or Aspiring Writer Should Read

1. Marie Arana. The Writing Life: Writers On How They Think And Work

More than fifty fiction and nonfiction authors divulge how they discovered they were writers. Pick up some priceless ideas on how you might improve your writing system by borrowing from other very successful writers.

2. James Scott Bell. Plot & Structure: Techniques And Exercises For Crafting A Plot That Grips Readers From Start To Finish

A light and airy guide that keeps you entertained as Bell unveils the all-important basics like; how plot impacts structure, the difference between popular and literary fiction and, most crucial, how to operate as your own book doctor.

3. Brandilyn Collins. Getting Into Character: Seven Secrets A Novelist Can Learn From Actors

Ever wondered how actors bring their characters to life on stage? Collins utilizes her theatrical background to shed light on their process. She focuses on the Method Acting approach to adapt characterization techniques for novelists.

4. Annie Dillard. The Writing Life

Dillard is open and honest about the gruelling writing process. Read for a sense of how tough writing can really be, and why it’s so important to slug through it.

5. Stephen King. On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft

No list can be complete without King’s discussion on the craft of writing. He is direct and honest about his process, and why he thinks you should never outline. As always, prepare for an entertaining read.

6. Dean Koontz. How To Write Bestselling Fiction

Koontz may be in King’s shadow when it comes to his horror books, but he stands apart with this, his nonfiction effort. Many authors find his easy-to-understand directions a highlight.

 

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7. Anne Lamott. Bird By Bird: Some Instructions On Writing And Life

An entertaining writer, Lamott discusses her own personal journey of the highs and lows of her writing life, single parenting, overcoming addiction, and turning to faith.

8. Donald Maass. Writing The Breakout Novel: Insider Advice For Taking Fiction To The Next Level

A successful literary agent, Maass encourages you to do more with your writing than simply telling a good story, and to think “big concept,” incorporate major themes, and write life-changing works.

9. Sol Stein. Stein On Writing: A Master Editor Of Some Of The Most Successful Writers Of Our Century Shares His Craft Techniques And Strategies

Stein has been writing, editing and publishing for decades. He shares stories of his famous acquaintances and things he learned on his journey. Not to be missed.

10. William Zinsser. On Writing Well: An Informal Guide To Writing Nonfiction

Zinsser’s effort has made more than a million sales - and for good reason. He offers genuine warmth and clarity on the fundamentals of nonfiction writing.

Each of these will prove a valuable asset and give you the foundation you need to begin a successful writing career.

But there’s one more book you should consider reading before all others…

11. William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White. The Elements Of Style

Recommended by every writing teacher I’ve ever met, The Elements Of Style is an agreed classic. It covers everything from style to grammar and usage. Things that, with time, need to become second nature.

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