What are The Top Books On Writing?

This blog post will introduce you to three of the best books on writing that will help you hone your skills.

Whether you decide to do traditional publishing (i.e. find an agent who helps you find a publisher) or the new wave of self publishing, one thing is for certain — good writing will sell.

It’s easy to pump out story after story but as readers, we want to read the best you have to offer. That means always getting better at the craft. Whether it be Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, Thrillers, Horror etc, one can always learn more and strive to be better.

When I started writing my Urban Fantasy series Sins of the 7, I wanted to make sure that my final product was the best it could be for all my readers. Here are 3 of the best books on writing that I think are fantastic references and gives you insight into the art of prose, and story building.  Stephen King’s  ‘On Writing’, Anne Lamott’s ‘Bird by Bird’, and Noah Lukeman’s ‘First Five Pages.’

[Related: Find out what writing cliche’s every author should avoid]

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Stephen King’s On Writing

Quick excerpt:

“My all time favorite similes, by the way, come from the hardboiled-detective fiction of the forties and fifties, and the literary descendants of the dime-dreadful writers. These favorites include “It was darker than a carload of assholes” (George V. Higgins) and “I lit a cigarette that tasted like a plumber’s handkerchief” (Raymond Chandler).”

Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird

Quick excerpt:

“E.L. Doctorow said once said that ‘Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.’ You don’t have to see where you’re going, you don’t have to see your destination or everything you will pass along the way. You just have to see two or three feet ahead of you. This is right up there with the best advice on writing, or life, I have ever heard.”

Noah Lukeman’s First Five Pages

Quick excerpt:

“There are no rules to assure great writing, but there are ways to avoid bad writing. This, simply, is the focus of this book: to learn how to identify and avoid bad writing. We all fall prey to it, to different degrees, even the greatest writers, even in the midst of their greatest works. By scrutinizing the following examples of what not to do, you will learn to spot these ailments in your own writing; by working with the solutions and exercises, you may, over time, bridge the gap and come to a realization of what to do. There is no guarantee that you will come to this realization, but if you do, at least it will be your own. Because ultimately, the only person who can teach you about writing is yourself.”

What are the best books on writing that you’ve read? I’ve love to hear them!

-L.