Writing, how do you become a better writer?
If you want to write better, you need practice. But what does a writing practice actually look like? The magic answer you are searching for is books; books help you explore how you can become a better writer faster.
“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” ― Stephen King
It’s a fact. We agree with the great ‘New York Times’ bestselling novelist Stephen King.
Books have the power to teach us, to transport us; they change us, they change our writing and change our life. If we could only find the right books, and once in a while, you find a writing book that gets to the core of what you’re struggling with right now. It changes you.
No more staring at a blank page. It’s time to read and with grace and ease practice your writing.
Browse, read, and download to your heart’s content!
1. Writing Down the Bones
by Natalie Goldberg
With insight, humour, and practicality, Natalie Goldberg inspires writers and would-be writers to take the leap into writing skillfully and creatively. She offers suggestions, encouragement, and solid advice on many aspects of the writer’s craft.
More details here: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44905.Writing_Down_the_Bones
2. Storycatcher: Making Sense of Our Lives through the Power and Practice of Story
by Christina Baldwin
Story is the heart of language. Story moves us to love and hate and can motivate us to change the whole course of our lives. Story can lift us beyond our individual borders to imagine the realities of other people, times, and places. Storytelling â” both oral tradition and written word â” is the foundation of being human. In this powerful book, Christina Baldwin, one of the visionaries who started the personal writing movement, explores the vital necessity of re-creating a sacred common ground for each other’s stories. Each chapter in Storycatcher is carried by a fascinating narrative about people, family, or community intertwined with practical instruction about the nature of story, how it works, and how we can practice it in our lives.
More details here: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/754447.Storycatcher?from_search=true&search_version=service
3. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
by Anne Lamott
If you’ve got a book inside of you, Anne Lamott isn’t afraid to help you let it out. She’ll help you find your passion and your voice. Beautifully written, wise and immensely helpful, this is the book for serious writers.
More details here: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12543.Bird_by_Bird?from_search=true&search_version=service
4. Everything You Know about English Is Wrong
by Bill Brohaugh
I don’t know how else to tell you this…everything you know about English is wrong. Now that you know, it’s time to, well, bite the mother tongue. William Brohaugh, former editor of Writer’s Digest, will be your tour guide on this delightful journey through the English language, pointing out all the misconceptions about our wonderful-and wonderfully confusing-native tongue.
More details here: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2254277.Everything_You_Know_about_English_Is_Wrong?from_search=true&search_version=service
5. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
by Stephen King
Immensely helpful and illuminating to any aspiring writer, this special edition of Stephen King’s critically lauded, million-copy bestseller shares the experiences, habits, and convictions that have shaped him and his work.
More details here: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10569.On_Writing?ac=1&from_search=true
6. Writing the Divine: How to Use Channeling for Soul Growth & Healing
by Sara Wiseman
Channeling and channeled writing isn’t just for gurus and mystics. Each of us has the ability to make a direct connection with a higher power for personal transformation and profound life change.
With humour and warmth, Sara Wiseman shares clear, step-by-step instructions for channeling and channeled writing, including what to expect when first starting out. You will learn to use a journal for spiritual growth and to manifest your goals through writing. Once you get in the flow of Divine energies, you can receive answers to life’s questions and challenges, meet your spirit guides, and tune in to universal truths.
More details here: http://www.sarawiseman.com/books.html
7. The Novelist’s Lexicon: Writers on the Words That Define Their Work
by Villa Gillet/ Le Monde (Editor)
At the renowned, international literary conference hosted by Villa Gillet and “Le Monde,” organizers asked more than seventy prominent authors to choose a word that opens a door to their work. Their musings, collected here for the first time, offer an extraordinary portrait of writing and reading from the novelist’s perspective. Organized alphabetically by keyword, the anthology is filled with intriguing, amusing, and often surprising insight, essential to an intimate understanding of literature.
More details here: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6675462-the-novelist-s-lexicon?ac=1&from_search=true
8. Why We Write: 20 Acclaimed Authors on How and Why They Do What They Do
by Meredith Maran
Twenty of America’s bestselling authors share tricks, tips, and secrets of the successful writing life.
Anyone who’s ever sat down to write a novel or even a story knows how exhilarating and heartbreaking writing can be. So what makes writers stick with it? In Why We Write, twenty well-known authors candidly share what keeps them going and what they love most—and least—about their vocation.
More details here: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15812848-why-we-write?ac=1&from_search=true
9. Why I Read: The Serious Pleasure of Books
by Wendy Lesser
“Wendy Lesser’s extraordinary alertness, intelligence, and curiosity have made her one of America’s most significant cultural critics,” writes Stephen Greenblatt. In Why I Read, Lesser draws on a lifetime of pleasure reading and decades of editing one of the most distinguished literary magazines in the country, The Threepenny Review, to describe her love of literature.
More details here: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17910114-why-i-read?ac=1&from_search=true
10. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
by Brené Brown
Researcher and thought leader Dr. Brené Brown offers a powerful new vision that encourages us to dare greatly: to embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly, and to courageously engage in our lives.
More details here: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13588356-daring-greatly?ac=1&from_search=true
11. Grammar Rules: Writing with Military Precision
by Craig Shrives
Find out whether winter should have a capital W, the difference between a hyphen and a dash, where to place your commas and crucial Atlantic differences. Straight talking and methodical, Craig Shrives draws on his experience as a through-the-ranks officer in the British Intelligence Corps to present a wonderfully light-hearted and easily digestible book.
More details here: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20889016-grammar-rules?ac=1&from_search=true
We promise they will open your eyes to the essential tricks of the trade.