The art of writing is a tough one to master. There are two ways to get better at it: writing and reading. Writing makes sense, the more you write, the better you get at it. Reading on the other hand, shows you how others write. It gives you insight into different voices, approaches, and methods for writing. It is just as important.
While reading anything can help you become a better writer, there are some books that are fundamental to the practice.
Here are 5 of those books that any aspiring writer should check out.
Author: Steven Pressfield | Pages: 192
The War of Art is one of my all time favorite books. While it isn’t exclusively for writers, it is sure to strike a chord for anyone trying to write.
The book talks about the ever-present resistance, the challenges of turning pro, and how to conquer any craft. If you’re look for motivation, this is where you’ll find it.
Author: William Zinsser | Pages: 338
Originally published in 1976, On Writing Well is as relelvant as ever. It is the go to book on writing non-fiction and doesn’t seem to be losing it’s place anytime soon.If you’re writing non-fiction this is a must read. If you’re not, there’s still so much to learn.
Author: Robert McKee | Pages: 490
Storytelling is one of the most important skills for any writer and Story by Robert McKee is the holy text on the subject.Learn about the principles of story, the formula for crafting compelling content, and more.
Author: William Strunk Jr. & E.B. White | Pages: 105
How do you write clear, concise English? That’s exactly what The Elements of Style will teach you.Another timeless classic that gives you the the ins and outs of writing, in a quick read.
Author: Blake Snyder | Pages: 215
Save The Cat! is a fun read about how to write for the screen. While the book caters to screenwriters, the information is useful for all.Learn about loglines, structure, pitching, and more.
Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go.E.L. Doctorow
Every book has something to teach you about writing, so building a reading practice along with a writing practice is important. But if you want to get the basics down, these are the books to start with.
P.S: check out my top reads for entrepreneurs here.