It’s a generally agreed upon fact that readers make better writers. You don’t have to be a voracious reader to be a great writer, but it’s definitely recommended. I also find that it’s both inspiring and educational to read books that talk about writing.
Well, writing is a dastardly task. It’s both the best feeling in the world and the hardest thing you may ever do. Which is why I find it useful to get advice from other writers. I firmly believe that you should never stop trying to become a better writer. It’s also extremely encouraging to hear that other writers are going through the same things you are.
The advice in these books has helped me to improve my writing and inspired me to greater heights. I hope they do the same for you.
- Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
Part writing advice and part memoir, this 240-page novel made me fell less alone in the world. In reading this book I realized that the things I struggle with in my writing are things a lot of other writers struggle with as well. This book also made me realize that there’s no ultimate “secret” to writing. It’s hard work and like anything takes dedication and a lot of revisions.
- Writing Tools by Roy Peter Clark
This is the fundamental how-to guide on writing. Each chapter explores a crucial writing component in easily understandable and applicable terms. Whether you’re an experienced writer or a novice, this book is a must-read for everyone. Read this book, do the exercises, and you will become a better writer immediately. I guarantee it.
- Everybody Writes by Ann Handley
This book is designed for anyone looking to use their writing skills in a marketing and/or social media capacity. It explains how to write content for company and product blogs, landing pages, websites and more. If you’re looking to promote your business on the web, (and everyone should be), this is the book you have to read.
- Fiction Writer’s Workshop by Josip Novakovich
This book is written by one of my former writing professors at Concordia University. It’s essentially a fiction writing course in a book. If you can’t make it to a classroom, this is the next best thing. And even if you do attend a writing course, I still suggest you use this book. Novakovich is an exceptional writer and you can’t go wrong by following his writing exercises.
- Web Copy That Sells by Maria Veloso
The key to any good business these days is what you put on the web. Which is why web copy is so important. This book served as my bible when I was working as a digital marketer. Veloso’s advice is perfect for selling any product or service. Take her advice and you will wow your clients.