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Best Books on Writing

Looking for best books on writing? Below you’ll find a curated list of the best books on writing to help you become a better writer.

Whether you’re looking for inspiration to write your own book or want to learn the different nuisances of writing, you’ll enjoy this list of the best books on writing.

The Top 10 Best Books on Writing


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

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Synopsis: Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer’s craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. 


2. The Elements of Style (Elements of Composition Series) by William Strunk Jr., E.B. White

 
Synopsis: This style manual offers practical advice on improving writing skills. Throughout, the emphasis is on promoting a plain English style. This little book can help you communicate more effectively by showing you how to enliven your sentences.
 

 
3. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
 

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Synopsis: Anne Lamott returns to offer us a new gift: a step-by-step guide on how to write and on how to manage the writer’s life. If you have ever wondered what it takes to be a writer, what it means to be a writer, what the contents of your school lunches said about what your parents were really like, this book is for you.


4. Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg

 

Synopsis: With insight, humor, and practicality, Natalie Goldberg inspires writers and would-be writers to take the leap into writing skillfully and creatively. She offers suggestions, encouragement, and solid advice on many aspects of the writer’s craft.
 

5. Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss

 
Synopsis: In Eats, Shoots & Leaves, former editor Lynne Truss, gravely concerned about our current grammatical state, boldly defends proper punctuation. She proclaims, in her delightfully urbane, witty, and very English way, that it is time to look at our commas and semicolons and see them as the wonderful and necessary things they are. Using examples from literature, history, neighborhood signage, and her own imagination, Truss shows how meaning is shaped by commas and apostrophes, and the hilarious consequences of punctuation gone awry.
 

6. The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

 

Synopsis: The Artist’s Way is the seminal book on the subject of creativity. An international bestseller, millions of readers have found it to be an invaluable guide to living the artist’s life.
 

7. On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction by William Zinsser

 

 
Synopsis: It is a book for everybody who wants to learn how to write or who needs to do some writing to get through the day, as almost everybody does in the age of e-mail and the Internet. 
 

 
8. Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury
 
 
Synopsis: In this exuberant book, the incomparable Ray Bradbury shares the wisdom, experience, and excitement of a lifetime of writing. Zen in the Art of Writing is more than just a how-to manual for the would-be writer: it is a celebration of the act of writing itself that will delight, impassion, and inspire the writer in you.
 

9. No Plot? No Problem!: A Low-Stress, High-Velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days by Chris Baty

 

 
Synopsis: Let Chris Baty, guide you through four exciting weeks of hard-core noveling. Baty’s pep talks and essential survival strategies cover the initial momentum and energy of Week One, the critical “plot flashes” of Week Two, the “Can I quit now?” impulses of Week Three, and the champagne and roar of the crowd during Week Four.
 

10. Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself Into Print by Renni Browne & Dave King

 

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Synopsis: Here at last is a book by two professional editors to teach writers the techniques of the editing trade that turn promising manuscripts into published novels and short stories. Chapters on dialogue, exposition, point of view, interior monologue, and other techniques take you through the same processes an expert editor would go through to perfect your manuscript.
 

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