When it comes to writing and books, there are endless guides that can teach you what to do. Many books have found their way onto writers’ shelves. However, there are some specific books you should pull out time and time again. In my opinion, the following are among the best books that a writer can have:
The Situation and the Story: The Art of Personal Narrative by Vivian Gornick
1. How do writers turn the boring truth of their life into creative stories worth telling? How do writers perfect the art of creative writing? How do writers tell stories based on their personal experience? Vivian Gornick’s book does just that.
2. On Writing Well by William Zinsser
Have you ever met a writing bible for nonfiction? On Writing Well is the bible. Organized around method, principles, attitudes, and forms, William manages to guide writers through every step in the writing process.
3. Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg
Natalie is dedicated to writing practice. She bases her model on the Zen study of the mind. With such study, writers are allowed to ask themselves small and big questions that definitely improve their writing.
4. What if? Pamela Painter and Anne Bernays
With over 25 years of teaching creative writing, Bernays and Painter have written a fiction guide for would-be writers. The book is full of writing exercises. They aim is to see people to thinking and acting as writes.