85+ Best Books on Writing

Posted on July 23, 2018 By newsroom Topic: Best Books

These are some of the best books fiction writers as well as non-fiction writers should own / read. These books may help you become a better writer.

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A House of My Own: Stories from My Life by Sandra Cisneros
A Little Book on Form by Robert Hass
A Personal Anthology by Jorge Luis Borges
A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller by John Truby
Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking by David Bayles and Ted Orland
The Art of Death by Edwidge Danticat
The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers by John Gardner
The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr
The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
Books and Islands in Ojibwe Country: Traveling Through the Land of My Ancestors by Louise Erdrich
Bryson’s Dictionary of Troublesome Words: A Writer’s Guide to Getting It Right by Bill Bryson
Crazy Brave: A Memoir by Joy Harjo
The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White
The Emotional Craft of Fiction: How to Write the Story Beneath the Surface by Donald Maass
Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content by Ann Handley
The First Five Pages: A Writer’s Guide to Staying Out of the Rejection Pile by Noah Lukeman
The Forest for the Trees: An Editor’s Advice to Writers by Betsy Lerner
Free Within Ourselves: Fiction Lessons for Black Authors by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Getting Into Character: Seven Secrets a Novelist Can Learn From Actors by Brandilyn Collins
The Heart of a Woman by Maya Angelou
If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland
Immersion: A Writer’s Guide to Going Deep by Ted Conover
In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri
In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens: Womanist Prose by Alice Walker

The Kick-Ass Writer: 1001 Ways to Write Great Fiction
The Language of Fiction: A Writer’s Stylebook by Brian Shawver
The Lie That Tells a Truth: A Guide to Writing Fiction by John Dufresne
The Magic Words: Writing Great Books for Children and Young Adults by Cheryl Klein
Making a Good Script Great by Linda Seger
Memoirs by Pablo Neruda
The Modern Library Writer’s Workshop: A Guide to the Craft of Fiction by Stephen Koch
Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on Writing by Margaret Atwood
On Writing by Eudora Welty
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction by William Zinsser
One Continuous Mistake: Four Noble Truths for Writers by Gail Sher
Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success by K.M. Weiland
The Poet’s Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry by Kim Addonizio and Dorianne Laux
The Poetry Home Repair Manual: Practical Advice for Beginning Poets by Ted Kooser
The Portable MFA in Creative Writing by New York Writers Workshop
Paula: A Memoir by Isabel Allende
Pen on Fire: A Busy Woman’s Guide to Igniting the Writer Within by Barbara DeMarco-Barrett
Pixar Storytelling: Rules for Effective Storytelling Based on Pixar’s Greatest Films by Dean Movshovitz
Plot & Structure: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting a Plot That Grips Readers from Start to Finish by James Scott Bell
Reading and Writing: A Personal Account by V.S. Naipaul
Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them by Francine Prose
Romancing the Beat: Story Structure for Romance Novels (How to Write Kissing Books) by Gwen Hayes
Save the Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need by Blake Snyder
Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting by Syd Field
Singing School: Learning to Write (And Read) Poetry by Studying with the Masters by Robert Pinsky
The Situation and the Story: The Art of Personal Narrative by Vivian Gornick
Slay the Dragon: Writing Great Video Games by Robert Denton Bryant and Keith Giglio
Something to Declare by Julia Alvarez
Steering the Craft: A Twenty-First-Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story by Ursula K. Le Guin
Stein On Writing: A Master Editor of Some of the Most Successful Writers of Our Century Shares His Craft Techniques and Strategies by Sol Stein
Story Genius: How to Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel by Lisa Cron
Story Trumps Structure: How to Write Unforgettable Fiction by Breaking the Rules by Steven James
The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human by Jonathan Gottschall
TED Talks Storytelling: 23 Storytelling Techniques from the Best TED Talks by Akash Karia
This Is The Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett
This Year You Write Your Novel by Walter Mosley
Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction by Benjamin Percy
To Show and To Tell: The Craft of Literary Nonfiction by Phillip Lopate
The Tough Guide to Fantasyland: The Essential Guide to Fantasy Travel by Diana Wynne Jones
Unless It Moves the Human Heart: The Craft and Art of Writing by Roger Rosenblatt
Upstream by Mary Oliver
Video Game Storytelling: What Every Developer Needs to Know about Narrative Techniques by Evan Skolnick
Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art by Madeleine L’Engle
The Way of the Writer: Reflections on the Art and Craft of Storytelling by Charles Johnson
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami
What Moves at the Margin by Toni Morrison
Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir by Amy Tan
Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction by Jeff VanderMeer
Woolgathering by Patti Smith
Words for Pictures: The Art and Business of Writing Comics and Graphic Novels by Brian Michael Bendis
Write Naked: A Bestseller’s Secrets to Writing Romance & Navigating the Path to Success by Jennifer Probst
Write Your Novel in a Month: How to Complete a First Draft in 30 Days and What to Do Next by Jeff Gerke
The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers by Christopher Vogler
Writer’s Market 2018: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published by Robert Lee Brewer
Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg
Writing Hard Stories: Celebrated Memoirists Who Shaped Art from Trauma by Melanie Brooks
The Writing Life by Annie Dillard
The Writing Life: Writers on How They Think and Work by Marie Arana
Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly by Gail Caron Levine
Writing Tools: 55 Essential Strategies for Every Writer by Roy Peter Clark
Your Creative Writing Masterclass by Jergen Wolff
Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury

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