If you're reading this blog, chances are you love writing and reading equally. Like any other professional, it's essential for writers to upgrade their skills and hone their craft constantly. While reading any form of good literature is a helpful tool for all writers, I'd like to share six books about writing for writers that should be on your bookshelf.

1. Big Magic - Elizabeth Gilbert

If you enjoyed Eat Pray Love, you'd definitely enjoy reading Elizabeth Gilbert's perspective on the creative process, the power of art and the importance of mustering the courage to face what we fear in Big Magic. Many writers will agree writing is a divine process, and this book helps guide you through darker moments in this journey. I'd go as far as to say this is an excellent book for not just writers but for anyone who wishes to enrich their overall life.

2. The Artist’s Way - Julia Cameron

And now that we've spoken about Elizabeth Gilbert's book let's take a look at a book she recommends, Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way. Millions of creatively inclined people around the globe have benefitted from this guide. The book explores many helpful topics, such as identity, integrity, competition, survival, creative U-turns, compassion, workaholism, growth, jealousy, anger, perfectionism, criticism, etc. You’ll also come across helpful tools in this book like weekly check-ins, tasks and prompts.  These tools can be convenient when you’re facing a creative block.

3. The War Of Art - Steven Pressfield

“There's a secret that real writers know that wannabe writer don't, and the secret is this: It's not the writing part that's hard. What's hard is sitting down to write. What keeps us from sitting down is Resistance.” Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art is loaded with universal realities all writers can relate to and covers crucial aspects of the writing process - procrastination, self-doubt and isolation. I also recommend another book by Pressfield; Nobody Wants To Read Your Sh*t. He doesn’t beat around the bush and manages to entertain while educating readers.

4. Bird By Bird - Anne Lamott

I didn’t want to include obvious choices you’ve probably already heard of, such as Stephen King’s On Writing or Ray Bradbury’s Zen in the Art of Writing, in this list. But, I can’t resist including Bird By Bird here! One of my creative writing teachers in high school assigned us this book, and it definitely played a part in shaping me as a writer. I felt much more at ease when I came across the idea of Shitty First Drafts. Sometimes, it is essential to write without the inner critic taking over. There’s helpful insight about characters, plot, dialogue, setting, reasons to write beyond publication, and improving resources.

5. Handling the Truth on the Writing of Memoir - Beth Kephart

Many of us have heard the wise words, “Write what you know.” However, many pressing questions surround the art of writing the truth, especially our reality when we pen down a memoir. Beth Kephart’s Handling the Truth addresses these questions head-on, including shades of grey surrounding areas like remembering versus imagining. This book is a must for anyone on a cathartic journey tracing their personal journey on paper.

6. Why We Write - edited by Meredith Maran

If you're looking to rekindle your love for writing, read twenty bestselling authors, including Mary Karr, David Baldacci, James Frey, Sara Gruen, Michael Lewis and Ann Patchett, sharing their own life in Why We Write might do the trick. It's interesting to explore why writers write and the techniques they use.


I hope you enjoy reading these six books - there’s something for everyone on this list. And don’t forget to check out more writing guides by clicking right here.