What are your favorite books for writers?

There are countless high-quality publications available on the subject of writing.

Some of my all-time faves? I can’t remember how many times I’ve joyfully referred back to Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way, and Vein of Gold. Superb, helpful, heart-opening, fear-rending, spirit-growing and motivational stuff!

While they seem a bit outdated now, I enjoyed The Sell Your Novel Toolkit by Elizabeth Lyon and The Wealthy Writer by Michael Meanwell.

UC Irvine has a fiction novel writing class which uses Donald Maass’ Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook. I will certainly be checking into it!

I want to hear from you!

Which ones are your favorites? Please share in the comment box below!

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10 responses to “What are your favorite books for writers?

  1. My favourites are Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg – you can just pick it up, open at random and be inspired; also Fearless Creating by Eric Maisel – about creativity in general and fantastic for getting you writing. I’m planning a series based on his breakdown of the creative process for my blog at the moment – coming soon. Like your blog – lots of interesting posts to read..

    • I’m going to have to pick up a copy of Writing Down The Bones, Amanda! It seems to be a popular choice. Thanks for your valuable input! I took at look at your blog–very entertaining stuff! Loved it.

    • Thanks for these excellent suggestions, Jesdavidson. When you begin your Maisel series, please check back with me if you would like to present them on this blog as guest posts. I would be happy to promote your work!

      • Hi Rebecca. Thanks for your kind comments on my blog. It’s kind of new so I’m working hard to fill it with interesting stuff. I would love to present my creative writing series on your blog. I’ve scheduled it to start on July 18th and it’ll run in 6 parts, with an intro on july 15th. Have a look and see what you think. If you’re interested in running it – let me know. thanks, Jes.

  2. I agree wholeheartedly with “Writing Down the Bones!” I also love “Bird by Bird” (Anne Lamott) and “Take Joy” (Jane Yolen). Two very helpful/instructional books for beginners in their respective areas are; “You CAN Write Children’s Books” (Tracey E. Dils), and “Six Figure Freelancing” (Kelly James-Enger).

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  4. My favourites are Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg – you can just pick it up, open at random and be inspired; also Fearless Creating by Eric Maisel – about creativity in general and fantastic for getting you writing. I’m planning a series based on his breakdown of the creative process for my blog at the moment – coming soon. Like your blog – lots of interesting posts to read..
    +1

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  6. Very nice article, thanks! I’ve subscribed to your RSS feed. Please keep up posting.

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