If you have not been told, becoming a better writer boils down to cultivating a reading culture, writing more, and getting sound feedback from established writers. Well, while there’s no magic bullet to honing your writing skills, the following well-read books will come in especially handy. Whether you are a newbie or you just need some inspiration, these eight books are what the doctor prescribed.
#1. Ray Bradbury’s Zen in the Art of Writing
If you are looking for a writing pocket bible, look no further than this small masterpiece by Ray Bradbury. You’ll find well-crafted essays on all things creative writing. I’ve read it several times, and I can’t get enough of it.
#2. Write. Publish. Repeat by Johnny B. Truant and Sean Platt
Most self-published authors hail this book for its ingenuity, no-bullshit advice, and a ton of writing tips. The book is truly an art and a must-have in your library.
#3. On Writing by Stephen King
Stephen King has become something of a legend in the writing space — and for good reason. He’s astute, unapologizing, and offer practical writing advice. If you are suffering from a writer’s block, On Writing is your cure.
#4. Steering the Craft by Ursula K. LeGuin
Writers, especially upcoming ones, need a pick-me-up once in a while. If that sounds like you, Steering the Craft is what you need. It’s an absolutely fantastic resource for aspiring writers looking to reach greater heights. After all, Ursula LeGuin is a renowned writing tutor.
#5. Revising Prose by Richard Lanham
Whether you are writing a novel, whipping up just another blog or crafting a journal entry, Revising Prose offers fantastic examples. You can get inspiration for writing just about any formal writing, from shareholder letters to end-year report and disclosure documents.
#6. 100 Ways to Improve Your Writing by Gary Provost
If you haven’t read 100 Ways to Improve Your Writing, well, you are not improving your writing. It’s quite moving and offers actionable writing nuggets.
#7. The Sense of Style by Steven Pinker
If your writing suffers from being too long and over descriptive, here is an excellent resource for you. It’s well written — and backed by psychology work by this notable Harvard professor. It’s simply a delight to read and learn from.
#8. Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon
From cover to cover, this book is absolute creativity. And a fabulous read if you’re looking for a boost of creative inspiration.