Some (more) Suggested Books for Writers

This is a repost with some additional resources.

Some suggested books for aspiring writers and seasoned ones:

On Writing Well by William Zinsser

This guide offers fundamental principles as well as the insights of Zinsser, a writer and teacher. It has stood the test of time and is a valuable resource for both professional and aspiring writers.

Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande

Ms. Brande was far ahead of her time when she wrote this book in 1934. Instead of writing an instructional guide, she focused on the aspects of artistry, self-actualization, the role of the unconscious mind, and more.

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

This 1995 autobiographical writing guide is full of honest and humorous reflections about the writing life. Ms. Lamott advises to write just one inch at a time. It’s so easy to be overwhelmed by a big project, but if you only have to concentrate on one inch at a time, then the writing is easier to handle. Consequently, those inches will become pages, chapters, and then a book.

How to Grow a Novel: The Most Common Mistakes Writers Make and How to Overcome Them by Sol Stein

The novelist and fiction editor’s 1999 guide is based on his belief that writers must focus not on themselves but on their readers. Some times, it’s better to know what not to do when we write.

Write Faster, Write Better by David Fryxell

Writing is a challenge: there are the problems of getting started, feelings of writer’s block, and numerous interruptions that keep you from your finished piece. This book is your guide to getting through that obstacle course with success.

The Film Novelist: Writing a Screenplay and Short Novel in 15 Weeks by Dennis J. Packard

Packard has devised a program starting from a one-sentence pitch to the novel itself, which includes filming a scene from your script/novel. He grounds the discussion of early film novels, like The Maltese Falcon and Of Mice and Men to provide historical and theoretical background while detailing the practical, sequential approach for completing a short novel and script.

Any books that you have found helpful? Let us know!