Tuesday, June 16, 2015

My Top 5 Favorite Books on Writing

As I mentioned in a previous post, the most important advice to any writer is simply: Sit your butt down and write. And read a lot, too...

However, it's also good to learn about how other writers do their thing, especially if you're looking for a little inspiration, some good tips, or you need a kick in the butt to get you going. It can also make you feel like you're not so alone in this writing business.

So here are my top five favorite writing books. If you're interested in any of them for your own collection, you can click on any of the images or titles to take you to my affiliate links at Amazon. Otherwise, look for them at your favorite bookstore or library!

Stephen King's On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft.

This has a lot of great practical advice, as well as a frank look at many of the realities of being a writer. Whether you're a fan of King's novels or not, I think you'll find a lot of great nuggets in here.

Ray Bradbury's Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity

When reading this, I couldn't help but feel Bradbury's pure joy for writing. Very inspirational. I always think of Bradbury as the ultimate storyteller.

Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within

Highly recommended, especially to those just starting out on their writing journey. Goldberg's enthusiasm and humor act as a huge shot of adrenaline straight to your brain, heart and soul.

John Gardner's The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers

A wonderful book on the writing craft. There are many great tips and techniques here, as well as a lot of great advice.

John Gardner's On Becoming a Novelist

Yep, another one by John Gardner, and another great book on writing. One of my favorite parts about this one (aside from all the great advice) is how he compares the novelist's personality to that of a serial killer!

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  1. When I'm stuck or maybe just when I want to get motivated I pick up one of my favorite writing books. I really like both Stephen King's and Natalie Goldberg's.

    1. Me, too, Karen. It's a good way to get in the spirit again!