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Looking to improve your writing skills? We’ve put together our favorite books on the subject. From writing great fiction to bestselling non-fiction, from editing your work to how publishing and promoting it works – and everything in between – these books cover it all. Get ready to stop looking at a blank page in fear.
We’ve already added this to our list of great personal development books, but who better to advise you on writing than one of the best-selling authors of all time? There’s a reason Stephen King has sold over 350 million books, and it’s got nothing to do with luck. King is a master of his craft, and his memoir is a great read for both aspiring writers and anyone curious to find out how he became so successful.
A must-read for any writer who wants to self-publish but doesn’t really know how to go around it. Platt and Truant take you through the whole process with a step-by-step guide that’s easy to follow. Both successful self-published authors themselves, they definitely know what they’re talking about.
Is your head full of ideas that you just can’t seem to be able to put down on paper? Have you already started writing and are now experiencing the dreaded writer’s block? Have no fear, because Max and Obront are here to help you write a great book in less time than you thought possible. It’s an easy-to-follow guide that will take you from half-formed idea to a finished manuscript in no time.
It may focus on non-fiction writing, but Tim Castleman’s book is filled with great tips that apply to any genre of writing. Doubtful that you can write an entire book in less than half a day? Follow Castleman’s advice on everything from research to outlines and eliminating distractions, and you may just prove yourself wrong.
We’re all inspired by someone else. In Show Your Work, Austin Kleon shows you how to take that to the next level, by “stealing” from others’ creativity and using that to unlock your own. As Kleon says, nothing is original, and you shouldn’t be afraid of borrowing ideas from other people. Whatever your opinion on 50 Shades of Grey, being inspired by someone else’s work went quite well for E.L. James.
Originally written for writers, this book has been embraced around the world by everyone from business entrepreneurs to military personnel since it was first published in 2002. It will show you how to knock down the barriers blocking your dreams (and creativity) and silence the little voice in your mind telling you ‘you can’t do this’. It’s a very inspirational read that will prove to you that nothing is impossible.
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