Aside from writing every day and reading novels in one’s genre, a great way to improve your writing skills is by reading about writing. Many successful authors out there have penned excellent guides on improving one’s craft. These seven books hold valuable advice for writers who are serious about constantly improving and making their work the best it can possibly be.
1. Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting by Syd Field
As the title suggests, Screenplay mainly focuses on writing scripts for film. However, there is a lot of useful information about how to construct a story, including scenes, acts, and turning your ideas into high-quality, readble work.
2. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
Widely considered one of the best writers of our time, Stephen King penned a masterful work on how to write efficiently, and how to write well. His down-to-earth and humorous prose makes for a delightful as well as helpful read.
3. Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wicked Good Prose by Constance Hale
Struggling with your prose? Sin and Syntax provides excellent guidance on the finer points of your sentence structure, which is essential for later self-editing.
4. Rayne Hall’s For Writers Series
Whether you’re looking for writing prompts, advice on book blurbs, or secrets to getting book reviews, the talented Rayne Hall is the one for you. Her works are a goldmine for newbie writers as well as seasoned veterans.
5. Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting by Robert McKee
Though this also focuses on screenplays, McKee’s excellent book about writing offers valuable tips on crafting an engaging story that will sell. Whatever your level in writing, it’s guranteed you’ll learn something new.
6. Bird by Bird by Anne Lammott
This modern classic is essential for all aspiring authors. Lammott’s book is down-to-earth and realstic about the writing life while providing great insights into how to keep writing, while not looking down on the reader.
7. Storytelling for Pantsers: How to Write and Revise Your Novel Without an Outline by Annalisa C Parent
If you’re the kind of writer who sits and writes without making much of an outline or plan, this book is perfect for you! This highly acclaimed book not only holds excellent advice, but was also written with such enthusiasm that it’ll inspire you to get back to writing.
Reading about writing is great fun, helpful, and inspiring, and essential for any writer who is serious about improving their craft and working their way towards penning excellent books. These highly recommended seven will get you on your way to creating a masterpiece and finally landing a publishing deal. Good luck!