I’m putting together a list of helpful, funny, and inspirational writing books as part of a workshop handout and I thought it might be helpful to the blogosphere at large to list and link to them here. You may want to bookmark this page refer back to it when you’re running dry.
I’ve grouped them very generally, because there is inspiration within books on the craft, and there is certainly instruction and advice to be had from the more narrative ones, so I encourage you to check them all out at some point. And if I’ve missed your favorite, add it to the comments.
BOOKS TO MAKE YOU A BETTER WRITER
The First Five Pages by Noah Lukeman
The Plot Thickens by Noah Lukeman
The Art of Fiction by John Gardner
On Writing by Stephen King
Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss
Spunk & Bite by Arthur Plotnik
77 Reasons Why Your Book Was Rejected by Mike Nappa
How Not to Write a Novel by Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman
BOOKS OF WRITING PROMPTS AND EXERCISES
The Pocket Muse by Monica Wood
The Pocket Muse 2 by Monica Wood
Writing without the Muse by Beth Joselow
Write: 10 Days to Overcoming Writer’s Block. Period. by Karen E. Peterson
BOOKS TO INSPIRE YOU & REMIND YOU WHY YOU WRITE
If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland
The Writing Life by Annie Dillard
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
So did I miss any big ones? Please share them with us!