5 Of The Best Books On Writing


I’m back! After a lovely holiday in Cyprus (aka the Island of Love) I have finally caught up on *life*, and now I’m ready to get back to blogging.

If you read my last post on how to have a Grandma-core Summer, you’ll remember that one of the suggestions for living a more ‘old fashioned’ sort of life was to take up writing. Whether it’s keeping a journal, writing postcards, short stories, or something more long term like writing a book- it’s a great low cost hobby, and a means to express oneself creatively. You could even self publish your book, like I did!

The only way to become a writer, is to write. Obvious yes, but sometimes the blank page can be overwhelming. The ideas that seemed so great at 3am in the morning have all but dissapeared at the emergence of the open blank document on the screen, or the empty notebook in front of you.

If you’re a more experienced writer, perhaps you’re looking to up your game. You want fresh persepctives on story telling, and to see what works for other writers to see if it could work for you too.

No matter where you’re at in your writing journey, we could all use a little help.

In this post I’m sharing 5 of my favourite books on writing. But remember- don’t get so caught up in the “how” that you fail to “do!” These books are here to inspire you, not to distract you from putting pen to paper!

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On Writing- Stephen King

Part memoir, part writing guide- this book was one of the first I read when I wanted to make writing a more consistent part of my life. If you’re just wanting to read about how this master storyteller tells his stories- you can skip over the memoir part entirely. However, I feel that the memoir helps the reader to understand much more about where Kings writing process comes from, and is worth reading.


The Artists Way- Julia Cameron

I talked about this in a previous post on books for self development, and I’m mentioning it here because it is a book that can help you form habits necessary for writing, and unlock the creativity needed through weekly artists dates. It won’t tell you “how” to write, but it will definitely help you to become a better writer!


Bird By Bird- Anne Lamott

I borrowed this from the library after it was mentioned by someone I follow on Youtube. It is described as the “Bible of writing Bibles” and for good reason! This is very much a memoir style guide to writing. I have to be honest though- I found some of the descriptions she uses offensive, and whilst that is likely in part down to its being written in the 1990s, I don’t find that to be an excuse. However, it is a useful book and I would be remiss to not include it here.


The Way of The Fearless Writer- Beth Kempton

Beth Kempton is all too aware of the “suffering artist” trope that is widely held by writers and non writers alike. This book turns that entire concept on its head, and instead encourages a path to writing focused on trust, ease, freedom and joy- inspired by spiritual teachings of eastern philosophy. If you’re wanting more joy in your writing life, this is the book for you!


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Written- Bec Evans and Chris Smith

If you’re after something a bit more practical, with actionable steps- this one is for you. Evans and Smith have coached thousands of writers to overcome the dreaded writers block, and to build a habit that lasts. Each chapter has stories from writers who have been coached by Evans and Smith detailing how they have built a successful writing habit, and the actions you need to take to do the same.


Have you read any of these? Do you want to make a writing habit part of your life? Let me know in the comments below!


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