I sound like a broken record when I talk about reading. I read a ton, it’s a huge priority in my life, and I seek out great books constantly.
Yada yada yada.
When it comes to writing, I do talk about it some, but not enough. The truth is, I love to write. I also hate it, of course, and want to cut off my hands at times, but that’s secondary in the face of feeling a published book in my hand. My third and fourth traditionally published books will come out in the next six months, and this excites me to no end.
But learning to write well, and practicing the art of writing, is a constant challenge, and a constant issue I need to make a priority in my life. So, as I do with all things I want to do well, I read about it in hopes of getting better.
Here are my five favorite books on writing.
Don’t want to buy all five? Just get the first, and call it a day.
The one book you need to read? This one. I’m biased, because Lamott is one of my all-time favorite writers. That said, I’m not that biased, because this book often tops the “Best Books on Writing” lists you see out there. It’s amazingly funny, endearing, accurate, and helpful all at once. Also, who wouldn’t love a woman who sends out such amazing tweets as this one.
I find it strange that I never see this book on lists of great books on writing, when I believe it an essential guide. In reality, this is a book that does double duty as a great motivator to write, and a great motivator to manage your time. It’s not long, and I’ve read it multiple times over the years for good reason.
Annie Dillard writes words in gold, and this book is no exception. For a lyrical take on what it means to string words together and touch pen to page, Dillard is your girl. Don’t turn to this for practical nitty-gritty, but rather for overarching motivation.
Pat Conroy, author of such mega bestsellers as Prince of Tides, writes a wonderful book about not just reading (as the title indicates) but writing as well. Touching on the writing process, as well as some of the highs and lows of his own career, it’s a great memoir of what it takes to be a writer.
Steven Pressfield is known for short tomes that get you to work, and the War of Art is as motivating as they come. Writer’s block? Extreme procrastination? Deadline missing right and left? This book will help.
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