4 Books I’d Recommend To Writers

26/06/2016 Lists, Writing 13

4 Books I'd Recommend To WritersWhilst the art of writing is best learnt through practice, it always pays to get advice from more experienced writers on the craft.

Now most of us aren’t personal friends with writers as successful or as experienced as Stephen King, but we can still get advice from him and other successful writers through books they’ve written on the subject. So here’s a quick list of four books I’ve read that I feel are helpful to writers, and if you have any recommendations for me, please leave them in the comments!

  • On Writing by Stephen King

This book is generally considered to be the writing Bible, and it’s easy to see why. For starters, it’s written by one of the most popular and commercially successful writers of our time, so naturally other writers want to read his pearls of wisdom on the subject.

It’s also just a great read in itself. As this isn’t an out-and-out manual on writing, but is also part memoir, it’s really interesting to see how King got his start, and whilst a lot of his advice is common sense, he puts it in such a simple, no-nonsense way. In fact, I wrote a post a while ago summarising some of the most useful advice from On Writing, so be sure to check that out if you’re interested!

  • Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

This book isn’t strictly about writing: it’s more about creativity in general. But seen as creativity is the key to writing, I think there’s heaps and heaps of useful nuggets of information for writers in this book, and more than anything, it’s inspiring. After reading this book, all I wanted to do was pick up a pen and write, and it really was a feel-good read (and you can see some of the quotes I found the most inspiring here).

  • How To Make A Living With Your Writing by Joanna Penn

Whilst the first two books on this list have had more inspiration value than actual how-to information, Joanna Penn’s How To Make A Living With Your Writing is an incredibly practical guide on how to get into writing for a living.

This book covers everything from writing books to traditional and self-publishing options, blogging, freelance writing, marketing and even offers advice on how to organise the financial side of your writing business. If you like this book I’d also really recommend Joanna Penn’s podcast ‘The Creative Penn’, as I always feel really inspired and get tonnes of useful information it!

  • The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction by Brian Stableford

So this book isn’t really useful to you unless you’re a writer of genre fiction, but if you are then it is super, super helpful! It covers everything from creating magic systems and world-building, to creating different races and writing about battles and warfare, so I’d consider this a must-read for anyone looking to write a fantasy or sci-fi novel. I haven’t found many books around that specialise in particular genres like this (and go into it with such depth), so I would really recommend this book!

So have you read any of these books? Are there any books you’d recommend for writers?

13 Responses to “4 Books I’d Recommend To Writers”

  1. Melissa @ Quill Pen Writer

    These look like great resources for me; I’ll definitely have to check them out. I haven’t been able to find many great writing books off the shelves, since where I live there are few English bookstores, so it’s good to have recommendations as I can’t browse the books online. Two writing books that I did enjoy were the Go Teen Writers: How to Turn Your First Draft into a Published Book (aimed at teen writers but still has good info for all ages) and Wired For Story for Lisa Cron. Thanks again for the recommendations! 😀

    • Laura

      I’d definitely say these four are worth checking out if you can.
      And thanks for those recommendations! I’ll definitely look out for those 🙂

  2. Inge

    I’ve read Big Magic as well (my review goes up tomorrow) and I wholeheartedly agree. I absolutely loved reading it, wanted to absorb every single word, and it was just very reassuring and comforting. Definitely a book I will read again.

    I also have On Writing, but haven’t read it yet. Really looking forward to it, though! There’s a reason he’s the King.

    • Laura

      I’m so glad you enjoyed Big Magic! It’s such an amazing book. I’ll be sure to check out your review tomorrow 🙂
      I really hope you enjoy On Writing too. There’s totally a reason he’s the King!

  3. Greg

    I’ll have to look into these, especially the fantasy / scifi one. These all look great and very helpful though. The Penn book especially looks like it gets into the nuts and bolts aspect of writing.

    • Laura

      Yeah, I would definitely recommend any of these, but the two bottom ones go more in depths into the actual process of writing.

  4. Lola

    I haven’t heard of these books before, but then again I don’t read a lot of non-fiction. I don’t want to be a writer, but I am interested in the marketing side of things, so the How to Make A Living with your Writing sounds the most interesting to me.
    These all sound helpful for authors. The Guide to writing fantasy and science fiction sounds good to with how it touches upon writing those genres and also focus on world building, which I find very important in those books.

    • Laura

      I would definitely say How To make A Living With Your Writing would be the most useful to you seen as you don’t want to be a writer. There is loads in there about marketing and a bit about blogging which you might find interesting 🙂

  5. Jee Ann @ The Book Tales

    I subscribe to Joanna Penn’s The Creative Penn blog, and she knows what she’s doing so I trust her writing books. And I just got On Writing yesterday! 😀 How cool is that? I think I’ll check out that Guide to Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction, too, as I think I’m gonna need that in the near future.

    • Laura

      I hope you enjoy On Writing! 🙂
      I would definitely recommend the Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction if you are looking to write genre fiction in the future. It’s so much more specific than any other writing book I’ve read.

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