Great Books for Writers

Inspiring books on craft, creativity, & the writing life

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First: read great stories and novels from the past and the present. Read poetry. Read long form journalism. Read memoir and biography. Take it all in. Make reading a habit. Read with delight, with discovery, and with purpose.

Letters to a Young Writer: Some Practical and Philosophical Advice, by Colum McCann

Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction, by Patricia Highsmith

On Writing:A Memoir of the Craft, by Stephen King

Writing Past Dark: Envy, Fear, Distraction, and Other Dilemmas in The Writer’s Life, by Bonnie Friedman

Wired for Story, by Lisa Cron

Thirteen Ways of Looking at the Novel, by Jane Smiley



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Michelle Richmond

NYT bestselling author of THE WONDER TEST & THE MARRIAGE PACT — I help writers complete their novels at Books at