20 Great Books For Writers

Posted by Cybil on December 8, 2016


"For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you."Anne Lamott, Bird By Bird

This holiday season, surprise the writers on your shopping list with a book they'll return to year after year. Below you'll find some of the best inspirational, instructional, and informative books on and about the act of writing.

And share your favorite book for writers in the comments below.

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
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Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
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Ernest Hemingway on Writing
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The Art of Memoir
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On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction
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How to Read a Novelist
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On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
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The Elements of Style
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Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
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A Room of One's Own
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Reading Like a Writer
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Advice to Writers
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On Writing
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The Artist's Way
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Zen in the Art of Writing
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Stein on Writing
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Writing Tools
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The Writing Life
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Letters to a Young Poet
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The Hero with a Thousand Faces
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message 5: by [deleted user] (new)

"Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear"
by Elizabeth Gilbert sounds like a good book to me!


message 6: by Efrat (new)

Efrat Writing the Character-Centered Screenplay, Updated and Expanded edition


message 7: by Caroline (new)

Caroline Jeffrey wrote: "Sauron Defeated: The History of The Lord of the Rings, Part Four"

Just added all these to my "To Read" list Jeffrey. I loved Lord of The Rings.


Erin *Proud Book Hoarder* Had no idea Hemingway had a writing book. I'm glad to see 'On Writing' by King up there. The Elements of Style is a must-have, no-nonsense reference. I know book's like 'The Artist's Way' are hugely popular but I still don't get why, personally disliked it and found it too nonsensical years back.


message 10: by Sarah (new)

Sarah at Sarah's Book Shelves Pat Conroy's A Lowcountry Heart is good on writing/the writer's life.


message 11: by Craig (new)

Craig MacIntosh How could we miss adding Cindy Rogers' "Word Magic For Writers" to this list. As a writer AND editor she knows her stuff.


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