7 Books for Writers

May 5th, 2009 by Jane

Have you always wanted to write? Maybe you have an idea for a novel or screenplay. Or maybe you have something to teach and writing a book would be a good way to reach your audience. Here are a few books that I love on the subject and a few that are on my To Read list. Enjoy!

1. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott 
This is my absolute favorite book on writing. Lamott is funny, self-deprecating and a great teacher.

2. The Writing Life by Annie Dillard 
I am halfway through this one. I love this quote from her: “One of the few things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time. Do not hoard what seems good for a later place…. Something more will arise for later, something better.” 

3. Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg
Originally published in 1986, this book is written in a friendly voice and aims to give courage and tools to emerging writers. Goldberg explores the spiritual aspect of writing which is meaningful or off-putting depending on your philosophy. 

4. On Writing by Stephen King
I have not read this one yet, but I am very intrigued by the reviews I have read.

5. Making a Literary Life by Carolyn See
If your favorite aunt were a writer, this is what she would tell you. I love this book.

6.  The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers by John Gardner
One of my favorite writers, Po Bronson,  highly recommends this book.

7. Writing a Great Movie: Key Tools for Successful Screenwriting by Jeff Kitchen
I have not read this book, but it has had great reviews. Recommended by Screenwriters Online.

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