Best Books to Help You Become a Better Writer

What is the best way to improve your writing? There are two profound ways. The first is to write.

And the second-best way? Study the craft.

Reading books. Reading anything and everything can accelerate your journey toward becoming a better writer.

Below is a collection of recommendations to help you with the necessary aspects of writing; find inspiration, and generally hone your skills as a writer.

1.  On writing well by William Zinsser:

On writing well can very well be applied as a virtual boot camp for writers. Zinsser shares writing tips on fundamentals of the craft, simplicity, structure and thinking that have stood the test of time for generations of writers of all kinds. His clarity and conversational style can easily be adapted and applied to your own writing.

2. Writing down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg:

This book will reintroduce you to the wonder, magic, curiosity and excitement that lured you into writing in the first place.

It’ll help you overcome writer’s block, and get your creative juices flowing again. For you poets, those who want to write memoirs and short stories, this book is for you.

3. War of Art: Break through the blocks and win your inner creative battles by Steven Pressfield:

This book helps writers and creators to break through creative barriers. It is a short read, succinct, incredibly inspiring and potent. This one is for writers, entrepreneurs, artists, and just about anyone.

4. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King:

The memoir is filled with a lot of excellent writing advice. It is revealing and practical. If you care about the craft of writing, this is definitely a must-read.

5. Everybody writes by Ann Handley:

Top marketing veteran Ann Handley shares expert guidance, insight, and practical approach into the process and strategy of competent content creation, production and publishing, with actionable how-to advice designed to fetch results.

6. A writer’s guide to persistence by Jordan Rosenfeld:

This covers everything from finding joy as a writer to breaking blocks of creativity, increasing productivity, balancing writing with a busy life, finding and sticking to a writing practice. It also discusses how to fine-tune your craft; how to be authentic and resilient.

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