Readers make the best writers. Just like any profession, studying your craft can make a difference. The four books listed below can help you through creative hurdles. Take the time to read these books. You won’t regret it.
1. The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B White
A timeless edition of writing guidance that is imperative reading for every writer. Technical and creative writing reference that you will go to again and again, this book is in 4th Edition.
2. Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury
Ray Bradbury was an award-winning American author and screenwriter. Working in a variety of genres, including fantasy, science fiction, horror, and mystery fiction, Bradbury shares his successful writing techniques.
3. On Writing by Stephen King
This one is a must for every writer. Order it today. Read it immediately. Thank me later. King writes about first drafts, self-edits, and more. To the mouths of babes, King will inspire and motivate you to become a better writer.
4. War of Art by Stephen Pressfield
A friend recommended War of Art to me several years ago. I wish I had read it much earlier in my life. Written for every writer, Pressfield addresses writer’s block, procrastination, and difficulty engaging with creativity. War of Art will challenge you to stretch your writer’s voice and explore your own creative process.
Whatever you do, keep reading, keep writing. Take the time to have the best writing tools in your toolbox. Take notes, read poetry and prose, step outside of your comfort zone, stay connected with your favorite authors, keep an open mind, take constructive criticism, and enjoy the process. Creativity should be intentional.
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