Books for Writers

In no particular order is a list of some of the hundreds, maybe thousands, of books that are available to help writers:

  • The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr., and E. B. White
  • On Writing Well by William Zinsser
  • Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss
  • Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg
  • If you Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit by Brenda Ueland
  • Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury
  • The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
  • Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
  • The Writing Life by Annie Dillard
  • On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
  • The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
  • The Courage to Write: How Writers Transcend Fear by Ralph Keyes
  • The First Five Pages: A Writer’s Guide to Staying Our of the Rejection Pile by Noah Lukeman

Books are also available to help with all the various aspects of writing and publishing, from the basics of punctuation and grammar to finding an agent or publisher, becoming your own publisher, and marketing your books. Check your local library, favorite bookstore, or online.

Magazines about Writing

The following is a short list of magazines about writing:

  • Poets and Writers
  • Writers Market
  • Writer
  • Creative Nonfiction
  • The Paris Review

If you’re a genre writer, check out the many magazines that specialize in genre books and authors such as Mystery Scene, Romance Magazine, and the many science fiction and fantasy magazines.