Best books for writers to read
If you are a writer or an author, you will face many obstacles in your journey of writing, swinging between writer’s blocks (read more here), procrastination, or many other issues which may take your time and effort you supposed to be writing in, I read many books about writing fiction and nonfiction, many of them are times wasters. but there are others you can say are gems, boost your inspiration, push you during hard times, and help you to keep up with your writing, below you will find the “Best books for writers to read”. And for sure will help you to boost your creativity, and keep you going through the hard times.
6 Best books for writers to read
1- Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
This book written by Anne Lamott, a respected author in the world of creative writing, she wrote many books like “Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy” Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers” and “Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope, and Repair”
Her “Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life” is like a memoir for the author herself, showing her experience in teaching children, adult and the classes she gave in creative writing.
The book wrote in a straightforward and direct language. The way she introduces her students to creative writing and the questions she got during the process will be very helpful for you as a writer. She will answer many questions which pop into your mind during the writing process.
For me, this book is a top recommendation. And thus, I put on the top of the Best books for writers to read.
2- On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft
Wrote by the top figure of horror writer Stephen King, an author wrote more than fifty books and all of them are bestsellers. So any advice for this writer is a gem, and a must follow especially form a writer who manages to write books like “11/22/63: A Novel”,”DOCTOR SLEEP” and “Mr. Mercedes.”
On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft talk about Stephen king experience when writing his books and the best practices you can follow, I found this book very helpful and could alter the routine you follow in writing.
3- Save The Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need
Wrote by Blake Snyder, has more than twenty-year experience as a screenwriter and producer, many of his writing was great success adopted by Disney and other primary production companies.
This book focuses mainly on screenwriting and the best practices related to it. However, you can find many tips which will help you to defeat writer’s block and some outline issues. The book has many sequels which focus on different aspects of the screenwriting process. If you read and like this book then go for one of its sequels which also has valuable pieces of information.
4- How to Write a Damn Good Mystery: A Practical Step-by-Step Guide from Inspiration to Finished Manuscript
Wrote by James N. Frey, a known author for his bestseller book “How to Write a Damn Good Novel: A Step-by-Step No Nonsense Guide to Dramatic Storytelling.” He is an author of nine novels and has many other guides for creative writers.
This book is a specialized book focus on writing mystery fiction only; I liked the way how the book is written and was more clear and direct than his book “How to Write a Damn Good Novel.” If you are interested in writing mystery fiction, then this book is beneficial. It has a simple however potent technique and insight in outline and writing mystery fictions.
5- Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success
Wrote by K.M. Weiland, a young writer who wrote many guides about fiction writing. Known for her best selling book “Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story” and many other books which concentrate on fiction writing.
This book focus on the system of writing an outline for your novel, the writing is smooth and comes with a workbook that has many exercises to aid you to build a solid draft for your book. If you are an outliner, this book is a perfect fit for you.
6- The War of Art
The publication wrote by Steven Pressfield, an author for many bestsellers. Like The Legend of Bagger Vance, Gates of Fire, Tides of War, Last of the Amazons, Virtues of War, The Profession, and The Knowledge.
This book focuses mainly on how to overcome writers’ block and give more insight into the writing process. So if your main issue is writing blocks, then this book is for you.
There are many books out there, but I put only six Best books for writers to read in the list based on my personal preference. Which is the simplicity was a substantial factor to consider. Since the writing process is complicated for many, it is appropriate to add more complexity to your reading too.