5 Books Every Aspiring Writer Should Read Before 2021

‘You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.’

Sal
Sal
Oct 26 · 5 min read
Book Reading | Novel Reading | Writer | Best Books & Novels
Book Reading | Novel Reading | Writer | Best Books & Novels
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To be a writer is to bleed — abiding to be productive as much as you can in order to achieve a flawless result. It’s not hard but without an exemplary influence, the entire process might seem filthy enough that you might end up hating your own work. If you relate as a struggling writer, then it’s time that you do the obvious — read what matters and cast the extraordinary.

In case flipping pages feels tedious, utilizing e-book and audiobook formats is also an effective recourse. In contrast, if you’re an aspiring writer, or even an established writer, endeavoring to pen the perfect structure, then reading some magical crafts might help you ease up the process. To execute this, you essentially need two things — an effective guide and an effective example.

The purpose of this article took me on a quest to help writers enhance and structure their craft. I’ll conclude my part by taking you through some books that can guide and stay as an example through the sedated process of yours. In fact, these are books that have brought value to me as much as a writing workshop did. With less than 3 months into 2021, and more and more writers rising every day, the best thing you can do is dig into these books and comprehend what it takes to actually craft.

1. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
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On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft is a non-fiction book by Stephen King. Stephen King crafted the book as a memoir/biography of his writing career, which he shapes into effective chunks of advice for aspiring writers. The book narrates how he got rejected hundreds of times at a very young age before he saw triumph with his international bestseller.

The book helps writers with the author’s personal story of writing books and writing tips that he comprehended through the struggles. For your inspiration, here’s a quote that moves writers, tore from the book

“You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.”

2. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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One Hundred Years of Solitude, written by Nobel Prize Winner, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, sinks into the genre of Magic realism style. This is another book that fiction writers can benefit from if you’re someone trying to write a new fiction telling the stories from years but you want to fit it all in one book. What makes One Hundred Years of Solitude a good example is how the author,

Gabriel Garcia Marquez narrates the story of José Arcadio Buendía, patriarch of the Buendía family, finding the fictional town of Macondo. What’s fascinating is how she conveys the story of 7 generations in the family happening through decades and decades into an entire novel on a single day, which will be a great example of non-linear storytelling. Of all the words the author has inked, here’s a famous quote from the novel

“Lost in the solitude of his immense power, he began to lose direction.”

3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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The Great Gatsby from 1925 is hands down one of the greatest novels ever written. What makes the book a masterpiece is how the author, F. Scott Fitzgerald, magically uses the language and reveals the characters. The genre of The Great Gatsby falls into Tragedy, where it tells the story of a young millionaire, Jay Gatsby, who tries to reunite with his ex-lover.

It is also worth noting that the novel received worldwide fame when it was adapted into the 2013 movie The Great Gatsby, directed by Baz Luhrmann. The way Fitzgerald operates language in this book will certainly help fiction writers improve and craft the next masterpiece. The story concentrates on decadence and one’s resistance to change and this is one of the most inspiring quotes in the entire novel:

“Let us learn to show our friendship for a man when he is alive and not after he is dead.”

4. Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey

Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey
Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey
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Daily Rituals: How Artists Work is written by Mason Currey. This book is sort of an odd one in the list where it focuses on the daily practices and habits of successful writers and artists. This is more like a reference work than a biography so if you’re a writer toiling to write and staying productive, then this book will certainly be of help.

The book covers how the days of writers and artists from Flaubert to Murakami to Mozart go by and what helps them write better and stay productive. If you’re looking for that motivation, read this famous quote from the book

“Heller wrote Catch-22 in the evenings after work, sitting at the kitchen table in his Manhattan apartment.”

5. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
Source: Keeping Up With the Penguins

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov is a fiction and erotic literature novel. There are many ways of storytelling while writing a fiction book. This one focuses on a fast-paced narrative. This will help fiction writers looking to craft a thrilling masterpiece where you need to create storytelling capable of setting readers at the edge of the seat.

Vladimir Nabokov narrates the story of a pedophile, a middle-aged literature professor, who is obsessed and sexually involved with a 12-year-old girl, Dolores Haze. The novel was adapted into two films, several stages, operas, ballets, and Broadway musical, which gained the book a classic status.

“Human life is but a series of footnotes to a vast obscure unfinished masterpiece”

This quote is one of the famous writings to exist, and it originates from this novel by Vladimir Nabokov.

Final Thoughts

These are some of the few brilliant pieces that are capable of aiding you, as a writer, if you want to improve your craft while creating content. Each of these books narrates different stories with different forms of storytelling, which will be of great influence to all the writers out there.

Understand what you want to write and then choose a book to read that will itself be an example of what you’re trying to express. This way, you’ll be guided with an example that already saw success, which will ultimately give you a head start entering 2021.

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