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.
- On Writing by Stephen King
- Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
- The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
- A Writer’s Diary by Virginia Woolf
- Make Good Art by Neil Gaiman
- Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg
- The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles, by Steven Pressfield
- How to Start Writing (and When to Stop): Advice for Authors by Wisława Szymborska
- The Writing Life: Writers On How They Think and Work By Marie Arana
- How to Write Bestselling Fiction By Dean Koontz
- Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon
- Published.: The Proven Path From Blank Page To 10,000 Copies Sold by Chandler Bolt
- Self-Publisher’s Legal Handbook: The Step-by-Step Guide to the Legal Issues of Self-Publishing by Helen Sedwick
- Letters to a Young Novelist by Mario Vargas Llosa
- Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande
- 13 Ways of Looking at the Novel by Jane Smiley
- How Fiction Works by James Wood
- Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
- The Martian by Andy Weir
- Zen in the Art of Fiction by Ray Bradbury
Be a reader if you want to be a writer! There is no exception!