3 Great Writing Books You Need to Read

As a writer, I love reading books about writing. I find it helpful, inspiring, and the kick in the butt. One of the best things about writing is that I’m always learning. There’s never a time when I write a piece and think, yup, I figured it all out! It’s a process. These three writing books have helped me tremendously in figuring out the process.

1. The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

I read this book a few times a year to get re-energized. Pressfield writes pithy lessons he’s learned as a screenwriter and novelist. Every time I read it, I reconnect with my passion and determination. I highly encourage any writer, artist, or business owner to read this book.

2. Making a Literary Life by Carolyn See

This book is hilarious. Carolyn See writes with such a honest, funny voice that she actually makes terrible things like rejection or a bad book review a laugh-out loud anecdote. Her practical advice for dealing with the publishing world and revision are invaluable. Her chapters and writing characters and geography are must-reads.

3. The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

This is one of the first books that got me through writing self-doubts and blocks. It’s a 12-week course that challenges you to connect with your true creative self. I must admit that¬†you just have to go with it. If you stop and think about the things that you’re doing like writing three morning pages a day, you might talk yourself out of it. Let go and try it. I’ve done the 12 weeks twice and each time I learned something new about myself as a writer. I highly recommend this book if you’re feeling stuck.

What are some of your favorite books about writing?

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4 thoughts on “3 Great Writing Books You Need to Read

  1. I loved The Artist’s Way, but haven’t read the other two. I’ll have to check them out! Other writing books that have really resonated with me include Robert Olen Butler’s From Where You Dream, and Natalie Goldberg’s Wild Mind. Some others I’ve really enjoyed are Stephen King’s On Writing, Anne Lamott’s Bird By Bird, and Annie Dillard’s The Writing Life. :)

    • Hi Shari! I highly recommend Making a Literary Life and The War of Art. They are both short reads, but two books that I will read over and over again (especially when I’m stuck or going through rejections!). Thanks for your recommendations. I love reading good books on writing. Everyone is recommending Bird by Bird so that’s next on my list!

  2. As you’ve moved a bit, what do you do with all of your (hand-written) morning pages? Lug them around? Throw them out? Digitize them?

    I’m only three weeks in (and kinda wishing I was doing it with a group), but I’m most surprised by how quickly my little notebook got filled just doing a few pages a day. I guess that’s tangible proof of the “write a page a day, have a novel by the end of the year” philosophy of writing.

    • I tossed mine. Honestly, nothing I wrote in my morning pages was worth keeping. It was just for me to get writing again. I think doing them by hand is a good practice to get the mind flowing. Hope you’re enjoying the process!

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