My Top 10 Books for Writers

October 23, 2013

I am always looking for suggestions on how to improve my writing. April shares a helpful assortment of book recommendations for writers.

April Yamasaki

Here are my top 10 books for writers—listed in no particular order since they’ve all been formative for me — except that I’ve saved the best for last:

If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit by Brenda Ueland
Even the chapter headings in this book are inspiring. Chapter I: “Everybody is talented, original and has something important to say.” Chapter VIII: “Why you are not to be discouraged, annihilated, by rejection slips.” Chapter X: “Why Women who do too much housework should neglect it for their writing.”

Fearless Creating: A Step-By-Step Guide to Starting and Completing Your Work of Art by Eric Maisel
This book is “for writers, visual artists, musicians, actors, and creators in any field,” moving through the creative process from “hushing and holding” through “belligerent commitment” to “completing your work,” with practical exercises and quotes from writers and other artists along the…

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