5 Books To Make You a Better Writer, Whether You’re Already Good or Not

Not the usual picks.

Linda Caroll
Jul 30, 2020 · 10 min read
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More Isn’t Better

You don’t need grammar books anymore.

1. On Writing Well, William Zinsser

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Clutter is the disease of American writing…

“Clutter is the disease of American writing. We are a society strangling in unnecessary words, circular constructions, pompous frills and meaningless jargon.”
― William Zinsser, On Writing Well

2. On Writing, Stephen King

“In many cases when a reader puts a story aside because it ‘got boring,’ the boredom arose because the writer grew enchanted with his powers of description and lost sight of his priority, which is to keep the ball rolling.”
Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

3. Wild Mind, Natalie Goldberg

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“Let yourself live in something that is already rightfully yours — your own wild mind.”
— Natalie Goldberg, Wild Mind

4. The First 5 Pages, Noah Lukeman

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“Unfortunately, these days, ‘literary’ writing seems to have become synonymous with ‘showy’ writing, writing that is beautiful but doesn’t tell a story. This is a misguided trend.”
— Noah Lukeman, The First Five Pages

5. The Kick Ass Writer, Chuck Wendig

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“Writers are made — forged, really, in a kiln of their own madness and insecurities — over the course of many, many moons. The writer you are when you begin is not the same as the writer you become.”
― Chuck Wendig, The Kick-Ass Writer

There’s a glut of bad advice for writers

“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.” — Isaac Newton

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