Ten Books Writers Need to Succeed


How does one become a great writer? Read, of course. Check out these ten books writers need to succeed.

Strunk & White’s The Elements of Style—If you want to be a great writer, you need to learn a few rules (so you can break them). Omit needless words, writers!


On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King—This is the reason I became a writer. I was sixteen when I first read it. The second time I read it, I was 21 years old and in the publishing industry.


On Writing Well by William Zinsser—A must-have resource for serious writers who want to learn more about the fundamentals of writing.


The War of Art by Steven Pressfield—Every author has the chance to meet a naysayer or two. Pressfield’s book teaches you how to silence them and how to fight for your dreams.


Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott—Full of wisdom, humor, and passion, Bird by Bird guides writers from the first draft to the final masterpiece.


The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression by Angela Ackerman—Sometimes shrugging and sighing gets old—really quickly. Try this thesaurus to craft excellent character expression.


The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Novelists by Andrew McAleer—What do writers do differently? What makes them successful? For a kick in the pants, adopt these habits to succeed in the writing world.


88 Money-Making Writing Jobs by Robert Bly—Anything this man writes is pure gold. If you’re looking to break in to the writing world but don’t know where to start, this handbook will be your best friend.


Writer’s Market by Robert Lee Brewer—If you’re serious about getting your novel or short story out there, pick up this book. It’s full of industry knowledge—email addresses, websites, phone numbers, guidelines—and everything you need to know when submitting manuscripts to traditional publishers.


No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty—He founded National Novel Writing Month. Need I say more?