Looking for some last-minute writing education before NaNoWriMo? Here’s the best books for writers to read.
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I feel I should begin by saying that you don’t need to read specific books to be a better writer. In fact, being a good writer is more dependent upon how much you practice writing than it is on what you consume. But still, what you’re reading is an important part.
Today I’m sharing some books that are great for writers for various reasons. Writing is a lot more than just sitting down and bashing out words on the keyboard. I would argue it’s a lifestyle. And even more, it’s a discipline.What books do you recommend for writers to read? Click To Tweet
With all that in mind, here are some books that should help you cover all the aforementioned bases.
(Pssst! Also check out these books for NaNoWriMo!)
Best Books for Writers
The copy of this book I own is from my college days and was purchased used at a bookstore that has long since shut down. There are still stickers on the spine that decry its status as previously owned by someone else. And had I known when I purchased it for my first college writing class that it was going to be as important as it is to me now, I may have bought a better copy. But that’s not important. What’s important is that this is bar none the best book for anyone who wants to become a better writer.
I have to admit that I haven’t read much King in my life. I have a copy of IT that was loaned to me by a friend over a year ago, and it’s on my to be read list. But it’s a beast of a book, and it’s going to have to wait. The only Stephen King book I have finished to this day is On Writing. I love how he enumerates the things that made him a writer, and I especially like how he talks about his college experience.
This is a book that I want to savor. I have started it a million times, and never finished. I know that I will love it, but there is a slowness to it and the ideas behind it that my anxiety won’t let me enjoy. I think I’m getting there, but it will be a bit. If you want to approach writing as more of a spiritual discipline and doorway to identity, then this is the book for you.
Coping with burnout and connecting your art and creativity to your spirituality are important aspects of writing, and The Artist’s Way can help you do it. If you find yourself spread too thin during NaNoWriMo and unsure of how to fix it, check out this book and start putting some of the information to good use.
The worst part of writing is editing, and I will fight anyone who says otherwise. It’s not that editing is bad, it’s just transitioning into that mindset and using a different set of skills is always difficult. If you’re looking to get better at creating work that’s publishable and molding your writing into shape, this book will get you there.Best Books for Writers to Read Click To Tweet
What Book Do You Recommend for Writers?
As a writer, what book do you recommend to other writers? Let me know in the comments!