9 of the Best Books on Writing You’ll Want to Read ASAP

While you’re packing your brain with knowledge, why not include a few writing-focused books on your reading list? The titles below can add a lot to any writer’s library — from helping you hone your craft to finding inspiration and determining where to pitch your ideas.

1. On Writing by Stephen King

Part memoir, part guidebook, Stephen King’s On Writing will appeal even to those who avoid King’s renowned horror-packed tales. In this book, King discusses how he came to be the writer we know today.

He also includes a toolkit packed with tips for beginners and a reading list with a few of his own favorites. Written in his signature style, this witty read will keep you entertained — and soaking up some great ideas.

2. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

Anne Lamott is known as one of the masters, and her book Bird by Bird is an essential part of any writer’s toolbox. In this work, she shares herself and her craft with readers, including anecdotes that tie the pieces together into all-around great writing.

The title Bird by Bird refers to instructions provided to a Lamott’s brother, who was not sure how to start writing a school report about birds. The task seemed insurmountable. Her father’s advice was simply to take it “one bird at a time.”

That wisdom works far beyond academic reports.

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