Seven books on writing you should read (or at least, have on your bookshelf)

Looking for writing books? Copywriter or author, we’ve rounded off the best ones to help you, whatever stage you are in your writing journey.

Unlocking your creativity

One of the best books on unlocking your creativity, the Artist’s Way is a keen favourite with writers looking for a practical solution to help them let go of a negative mindset and move forward with their writing.

If you’re stuck and need some help unlocking your creativity, this is the book for you.


Writing tips and advice

The first book I ever bought on writing. Then, I was contemplating a career in screenwriting (who knows, I may still revisit that dream). Stein doesn’t do mush, preferring instead to offer no-nonsense practical advice, backed up with real life writing examples to his readers.

Get this book. You won’t regret it — I didn’t.


Great for non-fiction

The standard recommendation for non-fiction writers, Zinsser’s classic is part travelogue, part autobiography, part how-to.

Key takeaway? The simplicity of language as the key to compelling prose.


For copywriters — established and budding

A timeless classic and required reading for all copywriters, whatever stage they are in their career.

And if you’re an author looking for marketing inspiration, you can do no better than learning the art of selling from Ogilvy, the original master of advertising himself, and founder of one of the top advertising agencies in the world.


Books on grammar and punctuation

Best described as a rallying call and highly entertaining read for those who care about punctuation. A surprise bestseller when it was published in 2003, it’s the go-to resource on punctuation and why it matters.


Updated for the 21st century and with a new chapter summarising the differences between UK and US English, New Hart’s Rule is a stalwart for anyone looking for the definite guide to preparing books for publication.

And before you ask, here’s the link to the Chicago Manual of Style, the trusted source for our north American publishing professionals.

Brits say, Hart’s Rules. ‘Dem’ Americans say, Chicago’s Manual does. People outside the writing and publishing industry say, Uh?

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Originally published at Writing website.