The Best Books on Writing. Ever!

First of all, Happy New Year! I hope your holidays were filled with warmth, happiness, love and health.

I didn’t make any real New Year’s Resolutions this year except for one. Write what I enjoy writing. It sounds like such a mild goal, but in my career at this point, it’s really all I need and want. It feels good.

Later in the month I have an article/blog that I feel is a little controversial in the writing world, and I’m not even sure if I’ll post it yet. I’m still thinking about it. In the meantime, I wanted to start the year with a positive for all writers. In the writing world we hear about how to plot, how to write characters, how to do this and that. I’ve found the best writing books, for me, aren’t so much “how to” books as they are books that inspire. So here’s the list. If you’re a writer, check ‘em out. I hope they inspire you to write that next book and keep on writing no matter what the publishing world throws at you.

On Writing – Stephen King

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

Creativity For Life – Eric Maisel

Coaching the Artist Within – Eric Maisel

Fearless Creating – Eric Maisel

The Van Gogh Blues – Eric Maisel

Freeing Your Creativity: A Writer’s Guide – Marshall Cook

Writing Past Dark: Envy, Fear, Distraction, and Other Dilemmas in the Writer’s Life – Bonnie Friedman

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

Wild Mind: Living The Writer’s Life – Natalie Goldberg

I have a few other books on writing, though I’ve given away most books on craft. Not that I think I can’t learn more craft. Every writer can. It’s just that books on how to get out of my own way, how to find inspiration and creativity have given me far more than any book on craft ever could. I listed the titles above in hopes that you, too, can find that spark and that fire and write the book you’ve always wished to write.

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5 Responses to “The Best Books on Writing. Ever!”

  1. Excellent list, Denise! Some I’ve read; some I’ve heard good things about. If you don’t mind, I will cross link this list from my writing blog.

    I agree about writing what you love/what makes you happy. A writer can try to write to market as much as he/she wants, but if you hate what you’re doing, that’s just a road to misery.

    Happy New Year!

  2. Jennifer,
    Absolutely girl! Pass it on. 🙂 Amen on the writing to market. I pretty much over that. LOL. I’m certain there are plenty of successful authors who do that but it isn’t for me apparently. Happy New Year!

  3. Um it would help if I could spell. I mean “I’m pretty much over that.” Sheesh. 🙂

  4. Valerie says:

    Great list, I’ve read some of those too…I particularly liked Stephan Kings.

    in Germany

  5. Valerie,
    Thanks…Stephen King really doesn’t pull any punches. 🙂

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