Books about Writing

Writing is definitely a learned skill. While a lot of the writing skill is self taught through practice, it’s also incredibly helpful to learn from other writers. And fortunately, there are many writers who are willing to share their tricks of the trade with you. Today I’ve decided to give you some of the writing resource books that I’ve found most useful.

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers

self editing

I first encountered this book as an editing minor at BYU. We used it as the text book for our substantive editing class. This book has received quite a bit of hype, and I think it lives up to it. It has great use of concrete examples to illustrate points. This really is one of the best books for identifying problems that many beginning writers encounter.

Surviving First Drafts

surviving first drafts

Writing a first draft is a complete roller coaster. If you’re like me, you have a plethora of manuscripts that you started and never finished because you lost steam or you started chasing a shiny new idea. This book is all about giving you strategies to actually get those drafts done. Also, Erica is pretty funny. So that makes it a fun read.

Paper Hearts

paper hearts

There are three books in the Paper Hearts series. Admittedly, I’ve only read the second, which is publishing advice. I loved that book, though, and I can’t wait to read the other two books in the series (which are about writing and marketing). The publishing book covered a lot of ground, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone wondering how to get a book out into the world.

Refilling Your Inkwell

Refilling Your Inkwell

Everyone experiences writers block sometimes. It’s especially frustrating when you experience a prolonged case of it. I recommend this book to anyone whose found themselves in a writing rut and wants to get out.

Those are some of my favorites, but I know there are lots of other great writing books out there. Let me know what some of your favorites are!

2 thoughts on “Books about Writing

  1. I’ve only read/owned the first of those, and I’d say it has good points, definitely, but that adhering to it like a bible turns writers into fanatics. Knowing when it’s OK to break rules is just as important as knowing the rules.
    I also didn’t appreciate that they butchered The Great Gatsby as one of their illustrations. Adverbs are all right if they add clarity and are used sparingly. (See what I did there?)


    1. Totally agree. I don’t think it should be adhered to religiously. But I still think it’s one of the best out there for alerting novice writers to major issues. Maybe not as useful for more experienced writers 🙂

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