Books You Should Read Before You Try To Write Your Own
Because you can't be a good writer until you're a good reader. You want to read as much and as widely as you can-- the classics, of course, but history, mystery, poetry, and whatever strikes you. (And junk. Sometimes you can learn more from a bad book than a good one.) You also want to learn to think and live independently. If you can write while pursuing a second career, more power to you. But chances are you may not be living a 9 to 5 existence, and you will need to accept the financial restrictions, opinions of others, and inner doubts your choices entail. Any moral support you can get, be it Thoreau or Malcolm Gladwell, should be on this list.