Writing a book is difficult work, and no one person has all the skills and knowledge to attain such a feat right out of the womb. You may have a natural talent, but the writing craft is something you learn—not something you’re innately gifted. That’s where these books about writing come in!
But that’s not to say you can never learn how to write a bestselling book, and that’s not to say you should not try. Everyone has a book inside them, just waiting to spread its creative wings and soar across the pages of a freshly minted, perfectly bound book.
Recommended Books About Writing
No matter what type of book you’re looking to write—whether that be an authoritative nonfiction or a spellbinding epic fantasy—there are a few books to get you launched in the right direction. Here are a few of my favorite reads for crafting exceptional stories.
If you’re writing nonfiction, look no further! How to Write Nonfiction by Joanna Penn offers a one-stop-shop for how to craft a great nonfiction book. Split into three parts, this book will teach you why mindset matters and how to address mindset issues, the practical, business side need-to-knows, and then the actual writing and editing of your nonfiction book.
Check out the workbook edition of How to Write Nonfiction for a totally engaged experience!
If you’re just getting started… Just dipping your toe into writing, check out this book. Written by an author and former literary agents, How to Write a Novel by Nathan Bransford covers the quintessential basics of writing a book; or writing a better one if you’ve already written your first! Learn his secrets to creating the building blocks to a solid story foundation, creating complex and interesting characters, and keeping a calm head throughout the process.
With almost 30 years of experience in journalism, writing and teaching, Roy Peter Clark compiled his decades of real-world understanding and knowledge and organized this “nuts and bolts” book. Writing Tools: 55 Essential Strategies for Every Writer offers great tricks… almost too many to keep track of!
If you’re strictly into audio, check out Writing Great Fiction: Storytelling Tips and Techniques, an audiobook that’s easy to fit into your busy day. Whether you only have 10 minutes in the evening, while you’re cooking dinner or on your daily commute, it’s the perfect accompaniment.
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The main components of story structure are the basics. Dive deeper with the 5 Secrets of Story Structure by K. M. Weiland and explore how to make your story breathe to life. Take what you know about the 3-Act Story Structure to a whole new level and engross your readers in story.
If you’re writing fiction, dialogue is a must. And you’ve read hundreds of books, so you know how to do it right. Right? Don’t leave it up to chance. How to Write Dazzling Dialogue by James Scott Bell offers secrets like what dialogue is, what dialogue isn’t, tips for improving dialogue and writing it faster, and how to identify dialogue issues and how to fix them. Dialogue is important to your story.
These books about writing are amazing resources to learn the craft and tantalize future readers.