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I spend a great deal of time on research. I look everyday for things that will make the chaos that I am starting to accept is my life a little bit easier.

Here we will find the best new things that can help with those , like myself, that want a career in novel or book writing.

Top 10 Books for Writers You Need to Read Now

Books for writers

Just a while ago, I was organizing the clutter that is my bookshelf.

Over filled, brimming with piles and piles of books, no-space-left bookshelf.

I was clearing out books to make room for new ones. And I couldn’t help but notice a great number of writing reference books I have accumulated over the years.

Some of them I love to bits and refer to often. Some are just regrets and have to go.

This strikes me as the perfect time to make a list of my favorite top 10 books for writers. Books I believe, no aspiring writer should be without.

Ideally, read these when you haven’t really decided what sort of writer you’d like to be. Heck, you are not even sure if you want to become one, or you even can. (Skip to inspiration or memoirs section, my friend. Start with that one.)

I am also sharing some favourite passages that I have jotted down in my notepads, over the years. Enjoy.


#1 On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction by William Zinsser

Decide what you want to do. Then decide to do it. Then do it.

Don’t try to visualize the great mass audience. There is no such audience—every reader is a different person

#2 Finding Your Writer’s Voice: A Guide to Creative Fiction by Frank & Wall

Voice has become a buzz word in discussions of modern fiction; it is what every writer wants to have and what every reader wants to enjoy.

via Top 10 Books for Writers You Need to Read Now.

5 Books Every Writer Should Read – Wonderly.

1. 1984 – George Orwell

2. Grimm’s Fairy Tales

3. Imajica – Clive Barker

4. The Border TrilogyCormac McCarthy

5. American GodsNeil Gaiman

6. The Bible – Anonymous, Unknown, N/A

7. Now is the Time to Open Your Heart – Alice Walker

Nothing happens in this book. There is no driving plot, no explosions, no long lost loves found – which is why it’s on this list. The book is purely a character study, subtly inviting the reader on a journey of the mind and spirit,

8. Anything by Kurt Vonnegut

9. The Long Walk – Stephen King as Richard Bachman

You want to learn how to write involving, strong, brutally heartbreaking characters and actually move them through a working plot? Then pick up this novella, one of the Stephen King’s earlier works under the pseudonym Richard Bachman.

10. The Elements of Style – William Strunk and E.B. White

No, this is not a fictional title, but I figured since so many writers treat it as such, it should be on the list. It’s true that a lack of grammar and punctuation can be the specific style of your story

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