It’s scary, isn’t it?
Sitting down in front of the blank page, willing an idea from nowhere, writing it down, polishing it, smoothing it, and then turning it into something that others will actually read.
Don’t worry, help is out there.
And you can find it in books written by the experts.
Reading is the fuel for your creative bonfire. And there are hundreds of great books about writing and books by writers about their craft.
In this post, I describe the best books on writing. These are famous books that helped me or people I know and, if you haven’t read them, they can help you too.
(There’s a free bonus for you at the end of this post…)
Let’s get started:
1. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
This book is the bible for most modern day writers and out of all the book listed here, it’s the one I’ve come across most on other people’s reading lists.
On Writing is a part memoir, part instruction guide to writing. In his book, King discusses his drug and alcohol addiction during the early part of his career.
He also explains his genesis as a writer, and he provides dozens of practical writing tips for handling adverbs, grammar and creating a plot that engages readers.
Plus the book is a damn fine entertaining read.