5 Books on Writing for When You Need to Be Inspired
Are you staring at a blank page, wishing you could come up with something, anything? Or, maybe you are feeling like this writing business just isn’t working for you.
Sometimes we feel like that. It comes with the territory.
When writer's block, uncertainty and doubt hits, taking a break to reenergize is a smart move. And if you are going to take a deserved break, why not take that break by settling down somewhere quiet and peaceful and read an inspiring book?
Studies actually show that books can provide same happiness boost as big vacations.
The best books on writing help trigger new ideas, solve plot problems, and get you excited about working on your story, novel, screenplay, or blog post.
Inspiring Books to Find Your Writing Groove Again
No matter how long you've been writing, taking advice from the books below will help you find your groove again.
1. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
This is probably the most recommended book on writing ever - and there's a good reason why.
The book combines details about Stephen King's life with insights into his writing process, making it a seriously interesting and enlightening read. It's packed with tips you won't have read anywhere else.
Stephen King is one of the greats - take a leaf out of his book to kickstart your own writing career.
2. The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers by Christopher Vogler
The Writer's Journey is popular with aspiring screenwriters but helpful for anyone interested in storytelling.
It breaks stories down into basic elements and archetypes, giving clear examples from all kinds of films. The principles apply to any kind of storytelling and are great tools for diagnosing problems with structure and plot.
Christopher Vogler is a renowned screenwriter and Hollywood development executive, so he knows his stuff.
3. Why I Write by George Orwell
Are you grappling with existential doubts? Wondering if you should bother writing at all?
Why I Write by George Orwell gives details on the author's own early life, then delves into the four main motivations for his writing - ranging from egoism to political purpose.
You might not agree with all the ideas in this book, but you'll definitely get some new ideas about your own reasons for sticking with the craft.
4. The Elements of Style by William Strunk and E. B. White
This book is essential reading if you want your writing to be clear, concise, and engaging. It covers everything from the correct use of commas to advice on voice, structure, and formatting.
Don't feel like you're above it, as the tips will apply to writers at all levels.
Whether you're writing blog posts about Idaho Sod or steamy romance novels, your work will improve after reading this book.
5. Story Genius by Lisa Cron
Want to find out how cognitive science can apply to storytelling? Interested in creating a blueprint for writing winning stories every time?
This book by Lisa Cron busts many conventional writing myths and offers new strategies to develop and improve your stories. It has a strong focus on harnessing emotions and creating compelling character arcs.
If you feel like your writing needs a breath of fresh air, give this book a read.
Go ahead, read these top books on writing to get your creative juices flowing.
The best books on writing aren't usually too difficult to find. In larger bookstores, you might even find a dedicated 'writing' section. In smaller stores, look in the smart thinking section.
If you're struggling, all the books above are widely available online for reasonable prices.
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