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Five Books that Every Aspiring Author Needs to Read

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  • May 2, 2017
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Do you want to learn how to improve your writing? Then you have to read these books.

The advent of print was a boon—we can read and learn about almost anything from books, especially when mass printing became cheaper and was made available to the public. The library became our database and immense tomes of information were stored in these veritable treasure troves of knowledge. With the arrival of the internet, the game changed for the better. Libraries were upgraded, and the information on paper was compressed, stored, and could be accessed by anyone in the world regardless of social background for personal learning and improvement. Now anyone can teach themselves anything they want with just a click of a button. Self-help books like the Dummies series and many How-To manuals could be downloaded and stored in an e-book reader. Whether the path is through an electronic device or on paper, knowledge is now free for all to enjoy and benefit from.

This means that you don’t have to go to college and take a writing course to become a good writer, but like anything worthwhile in life, there is a need for certain guidance, like the syllabus college students ignore at the start of the semester. But worry not, there are really helpful authors out there who have made it to the top, and are quite generous with their advice to would-be authors just starting out with the first draft of their novels.

Here are some books about writing that every writer needs to read to help them improve.

The Chicago Manual of Style (16th Ed.)

All right, this isn’t technically a book about writing, but rather a book about grammar, punctuation, syntax, etc. that is the go-to style for many publishing houses. This definitive rule book is beloved and considered a bible by copyeditors, and by browsing through the laws which govern the use of interrobangs, em dashes, and scare quotes, your book will be more favorably received when you finally submit it for publishing.

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

A memoir with a lot of practical advice from one of the bestselling authors in the world, this book gives great advice. Sharing the wisdom that he learned from his experiences, King in this book is funny and inspiring while delivering a well-structured book about writing.

Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury

Coming from one of the most prolific authors in the world, this book emphasized the qualities of zest, gusto, and curiosity while imparting wisdom and experience that could only be gained through a lifetime of writing.

Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg

This book about writing is full of insight, humor, and practical advice from noted writing teacher Natalie Goldberg. With suggestions and encouragement, reading this will definitely improve your craft.

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself into Print by Renni Brown and Dave King

An excellent tutorial, this book is perfect for beginners to learn how to polish their work, how to write their story and edit it to make it appealing to readers. A goldmine of fantastic tips, this is something every aspiring author should read.

These are just five, but there are many more. Share your thoughts with us in the comment box below..

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