Books Every Writer Should Read

A writer should be first and foremost a reader. You can write even if you don’t read, but if you want to be a respected and valuable author you need to be a reader first. Reading books is the schooling an author goes through.
Books are a source of nourishment for a writer’s mind.
Below is the list of personal favorites to give you a peek into the world of writing, handling the writer’s block, procrastination, frustrations over character development and climaxes, and everything that makes a writer who he is.

  1. On Writing by Stephen King
  2. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
  3. The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
  4. A Writer’s Diary by Virginia Woolf
  5. Make Good Art by Neil Gaiman
  6. Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg
  7. The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles, by Steven Pressfield
  8. How to Start Writing (and When to Stop): Advice for Authors by Wisława Szymborska
  9. The Writing Life: Writers On How They Think and Work By Marie Arana
  10. How to Write Bestselling Fiction By Dean Koontz
  11. Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon
  12. Published.: The Proven Path From Blank Page To 10,000 Copies Sold by Chandler Bolt
  13. Self-Publisher’s Legal Handbook: The Step-by-Step Guide to the Legal Issues of Self-Publishing by Helen Sedwick
  14. Letters to a Young Novelist by Mario Vargas Llosa
  15. Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande
  16. 13 Ways of Looking at the Novel by Jane Smiley
  17. How Fiction Works by James Wood
  18. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
  19. The Martian by Andy Weir
  20. Zen in the Art of Fiction by Ray Bradbury

Be a reader if you want to be a writer! There is no exception!