5 Books Up-and-Coming Authors Need To Read

Read these books to help hone your author skills

I always wanted to be an author, but I am one of those people who get good thoughts and can visualize well in my head but have trouble putting it all into words, and my English skills are pants, so writing a long book is something I could not do! 

I love reading though, and reading about people's writing journeys or self help books when it comes to writing, and if you are an aspiring author you need to give these books a read.

The Elements of Style: A Classic Guide to Writing Well

Elements Of Style is a classic writing book first published in 1918

First published in 1918, The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White is a timeless guide to writing well. It covers everything from grammar and punctuation to style and usage. This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to improve their writing skills.

The Elements of Style is a concise and practical guide that provides clear and straightforward rules for effective writing. It covers topics such as the proper use of commas, the importance of using active voice, and the need to avoid unnecessary words and phrases. The book also includes examples and exercises to help you practice and apply the principles discussed.

Aspiring writers can learn how to write with clarity, precision, and style. You will also gain a deeper understanding of the rules and conventions of the English language. It is a classic book for a reason.

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

Stephen King shares his insights on how to write

Stephen King is one of the most successful writers of our time, and in On Writing, he shares his insights into the craft. Part memoir, part writing guide, this book is a must-read for anyone who wants to learn from the master storyteller himself.

On Writing is divided into two parts. The first part is a memoir in which King shares his personal journey as a writer, from his childhood fascination with storytelling to his struggles with addiction and eventual success. The second part is a practical guide that offers advice on various aspects of the writing process, such as plot development, character creation, and revision.

What sets On Writing apart from other books on my view when it comes to writing is King's candid and engaging writing style. He doesn't sugarcoat the realities of the writing life, but he also offers encouragement and inspiration to aspiring writers. You will gain valuable insights into the creative process of writing and learn from one of the best in the business.

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

Bird by Bood has funny and witty insights into the life of a writer

Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird is a funny, honest, and inspiring guide to writing. Lamott shares her own struggles and triumphs as a writer, and offers practical advice on everything from getting started to dealing with writer's block.

Bird by Bird takes its title from Lamott's father's advice to her brother when he was overwhelmed by a school project on birds. Her father told him to take it "bird by bird," meaning to break it down into manageable pieces. Lamott applies this same principle to writing, encouraging aspiring writers to take it one step at a time.

One of the strengths of Bird by Bird is Lamott's ability to blend personal anecdotes with practical advice. She shares stories from her own life as a writer, including her experiences with rejection and self-doubt. By doing so, she shows aspiring writers that they are not alone in their struggles and that success is possible with perseverance and hard work.

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield

In the War Of Art you can find tips to help you with the struggles of writing

In The War of Art, Steven Pressfield explores the challenges that all creative people face, from procrastination to self-doubt. He offers practical advice on how to overcome these obstacles and unleash your creativity.

Pressfield argues that resistance is the greatest enemy of creativity. Resistance takes many forms, such as fear, self-doubt, and distractions. It prevents us from doing the work that we were meant to do. In order to overcome resistance, Pressfield suggests developing a daily practice of showing up and doing the work, regardless of how we feel.

The War of Art is a powerful and motivating book that can help you overcome your own resistance and unleash your creativity. 

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

Writing Down The Bones offers practical advice for aspiring authors

Natalie Goldberg's Writing Down the Bones is a classic guide to writing practice. She encourages writers to write every day, to trust their instincts, and to let go of their inner critic. This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to develop a regular writing practice.

Goldberg believes that writing is a practice, much like meditation or yoga. It requires discipline, commitment, and a willingness to let go of expectations. She encourages writers to write freely and without judgment, to explore their thoughts and feelings on the page.

Writing Down the Bones is filled with practical exercises and prompts to help writers develop their skills and tap into their creativity. Goldberg also shares personal stories and anecdotes from her own writing journey, offering inspiration and encouragement along the way.

What books have helped you on your writing journey that you would recommend?
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GWT said…
This is like a literary compass for writers/aspiring writers. Guiding through the realms of craft.

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