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So You Wanna Write: 11 Best Books for Aspiring Writers

We understand the hardships that come with creating new characters that feel real, writing a plot that isn’t full of holes, and keeping up with all the small details that make it all come together. Luckily, writers aren’t alone in their strife, successes, and struggles, and these books (some even written by iconic authors) are the perfect titles to help work through the craft and nuances of writing.

Best Books By Writers

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

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On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Stephen King

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Have you ever wondered how Stephen King produces so many books? Well, he has a lot of experiences, habits, and convictions that have helped him become the person and author we all know and love. Part memoir and part master class, this book will help writers learn basic tools of the trade, get advice grounded in King’s own emergence as a writer, and find the connection writing holds with living. We can’t recommend this memoir enough for writers looking to hone their craft and understand what goes into getting published! 

Have you ever wondered how Stephen King produces so many books? Well, he has a lot of experiences, habits, and convictions that have helped him become the person and author we all know and love. Part memoir and part master class, this book will help writers learn basic tools of the trade, get advice grounded in King’s own emergence as a writer, and find the connection writing holds with living. We can’t recommend this memoir enough for writers looking to hone their craft and understand what goes into getting published! 

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

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Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Anne Lamott

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Anne Lamott is the perfect author to listen to when it comes to writing advice. With wisdom pertaining both to life and writing, this book will help writers on and off the page, sparking creativity and inspiring people to pursue their writing dreams, even if it’s only bird by bird! 

Anne Lamott is the perfect author to listen to when it comes to writing advice. With wisdom pertaining both to life and writing, this book will help writers on and off the page, sparking creativity and inspiring people to pursue their writing dreams, even if it’s only bird by bird! 

Novelist as a Vocation

Novelist as a Vocation

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Novelist as a Vocation

Haruki Murakami , Philip Gabriel , Ted Goossen

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Novelist as a Vocation by Haruki Murakami is as close to being Haruki Murakami (apologies to John Malkovich) as we’ll ever get. A beautiful and luxurious deep dive into how Murakami works and writes, fans of his fiction as well as anyone interested in creative pursuits will do well to wander into these pages.  

Novelist as a Vocation by Haruki Murakami is as close to being Haruki Murakami (apologies to John Malkovich) as we’ll ever get. A beautiful and luxurious deep dive into how Murakami works and writes, fans of his fiction as well as anyone interested in creative pursuits will do well to wander into these pages.  

Best Books on the Craft of Writing

Save the Cat! Writes a Novel: The Last Book On Novel Writing You'll Ever Need

Save the Cat! Writes a Novel: The Last Book On Novel Writing You'll Ever Need

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Save the Cat! Writes a Novel: The Last Book On Novel Writing You'll Ever Need

Jessica Brody

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Looking to make your book a success? Well look no further than Save the Cat! Writes a Novel. Revealing essential “beats” that make a story successful, both with important knowledge and craft advice and quirky insights, this book will help those new and experienced write their novel.  

Looking to make your book a success? Well look no further than Save the Cat! Writes a Novel. Revealing essential “beats” that make a story successful, both with important knowledge and craft advice and quirky insights, this book will help those new and experienced write their novel.  

The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller

The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller

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The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller

John Truby

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While this book is technically for screenwriting, it’s full of important structures and advice that are transferrable to novels. After all, this book is much more about storytelling than on the specific medium of screenwriting. Full of insights and fresh techniques from a respected and sought-after story consultant in the industry, The Anatomy of Story will help writers new and old hone their abilities. 

While this book is technically for screenwriting, it’s full of important structures and advice that are transferrable to novels. After all, this book is much more about storytelling than on the specific medium of screenwriting. Full of insights and fresh techniques from a respected and sought-after story consultant in the industry, The Anatomy of Story will help writers new and old hone their abilities. 

Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within

Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within

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Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within

Natalie Goldberg , Julia Cameron

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Have you ever had writers’ block and simply couldn’t figure out how to kick it? Or found yourself hating every single word you’ve put down on the page? We’ve all been there, and this book is all about overcoming our inner critic and letting ourselves write. So, get ready for advice connected to the writer’s craft and unleash your inner writer! 

Have you ever had writers’ block and simply couldn’t figure out how to kick it? Or found yourself hating every single word you’ve put down on the page? We’ve all been there, and this book is all about overcoming our inner critic and letting ourselves write. So, get ready for advice connected to the writer’s craft and unleash your inner writer! 

The Emotional Craft of Fiction: How to Write the Story Beneath the Surface

The Emotional Craft of Fiction: How to Write the Story Beneath the Surface

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The Emotional Craft of Fiction: How to Write the Story Beneath the Surface

Donald Maass

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It’s undeniable that a good story makes readers feel something. If you’re struggling to figure out how to write an emotionally compelling story that will linger in readers’ minds long after they’ve finished reading, then you’ll want to pick this book up. Written by a veteran literary agent and expert fiction instructor, this book will help authors write a novel that readers can experience.  

It’s undeniable that a good story makes readers feel something. If you’re struggling to figure out how to write an emotionally compelling story that will linger in readers’ minds long after they’ve finished reading, then you’ll want to pick this book up. Written by a veteran literary agent and expert fiction instructor, this book will help authors write a novel that readers can experience.  

Story Genius: How to Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel (Before You Waste Three Years Writing 327 Pages That Go Nowhere)

Story Genius: How to Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel (Before You Waste Three Years Writing 327 Pages That Go Nowhere)

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Story Genius: How to Use Brain Science to Go Beyond Outlining and Write a Riveting Novel (Before You Waste Three Years Writing 327 Pages That Go Nowhere)

Lisa Cron

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Are you a Pantser or a Plotter? What if you were to know that there’s a more effective way of writing a story than just winging it or planning it all out ahead of time? In Story Genius, Lisa Cron sets out to help writers discover just that, harnessing the science behind how our brains are wired and what they crave in each story. This book is a step-by-step blueprint to harnessing that power and drafting compelling stories.  

Are you a Pantser or a Plotter? What if you were to know that there’s a more effective way of writing a story than just winging it or planning it all out ahead of time? In Story Genius, Lisa Cron sets out to help writers discover just that, harnessing the science behind how our brains are wired and what they crave in each story. This book is a step-by-step blueprint to harnessing that power and drafting compelling stories.  

Best Writing Guides

The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing: Everything You Need to Know to Create & Sell Your Work

The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing: Everything You Need to Know to Create & Sell Your Work

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The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing: Everything You Need to Know to Create & Sell Your Work

Writer's Digest Books

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If all of these seem a little overwhelming, might we recommend this book full of advice ranging from sparking the story idea to selling your work to be published. Full of bite-sized advice from established authors, this book is organized by topic to help budding writers seek out the information they want in a manageable way.  

If all of these seem a little overwhelming, might we recommend this book full of advice ranging from sparking the story idea to selling your work to be published. Full of bite-sized advice from established authors, this book is organized by topic to help budding writers seek out the information they want in a manageable way.  

Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction: How to Create Out-of-This-World Novels and Short Stories

Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction: How to Create Out-of-This-World Novels and Short Stories

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Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction: How to Create Out-of-This-World Novels and Short Stories

Orson Scott Card , Philip Athans , Jay Lake

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If you’re looking for tips to write Science Fiction and/or Fantasy, then this is the perfect comprehensive guide for you! Ranging from world-building to character creation and defining subgenres, this book is full of advice from master authors like Orson Scott Card, Philip Athans and Jay Lake.  

If you’re looking for tips to write Science Fiction and/or Fantasy, then this is the perfect comprehensive guide for you! Ranging from world-building to character creation and defining subgenres, this book is full of advice from master authors like Orson Scott Card, Philip Athans and Jay Lake.  

The Poets & Writers Complete Guide to Being a Writer: Everything You Need to Know About Craft, Inspiration, Agents, Editors, Publishing, and the Business of Building a Sustainable Writing Career

The Poets & Writers Complete Guide to Being a Writer: Everything You Need to Know About Craft, Inspiration, Agents, Editors, Publishing, and the Business of Building a Sustainable Writing Career

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The Poets & Writers Complete Guide to Being a Writer: Everything You Need to Know About Craft, Inspiration, Agents, Editors, Publishing, and the Business of Building a Sustainable Writing Career

Kevin Larimer , Mary Gannon

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Writing is hard. Period. It’s only natural to seek out information, insight, and advice from experts in the field, and with Poets & Writers Complete Guide to Being a Writer, readers will get exactly that. For writers of all genres and forms, this book is the perfect reference guide to help writers not just write, but also make a career out of it! 

Writing is hard. Period. It’s only natural to seek out information, insight, and advice from experts in the field, and with Poets & Writers Complete Guide to Being a Writer, readers will get exactly that. For writers of all genres and forms, this book is the perfect reference guide to help writers not just write, but also make a career out of it! 

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Books for Young Writers

If you have a budding writer in your life, check out these great books to help young authors start penning their own stories!  

Dear Ally, How Do You Write a Book?

Dear Ally, How Do You Write a Book?

Ally Carter

Paperback $12.99

Write Your Own Book

Write Your Own Book

DK

Hardcover $14.99