Why Every Writer Needs To Read These Reference Books

Why Every Writer Needs To Read These Reference Books

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It doesn’t matter if you are beginning your writing career or if you have several published books under your belt, you need to keep learning more about your craft. 

As a beginner, studying can help you understand the fundamentals of writing. For experienced writers, it can help overcome certain issues like writer’s block.

Even if you are not a professional author, you may need to write things such as application letters and resumes.

In addition, there are thousands of works that can help you improve your writing.

To succeed, you need to read the following books:

On Writing: A memoir on the craft by Stephen King

There are two ways of becoming a good author: reading a lot and writing a lot. This book by Stephen King is both a memoir and a study. Its goal is to help authors improve their scribing skills. In the publication, King shares his experience in a manner that will resonate with many authors. He began by submitting stories in his youth and he was rejected hundreds of time before he became an international bestseller.

While his book focuses on fiction work, the tricks and tips can also be used in other writing fields. For instance, he says that authors should ensure that their research doesn’t overshadow their stories. They should also get rid of distractions while working. Many instructors recommend this book, and it is the one that is worth reading.

Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey

This book focuses on the habits and rituals of leading authors like Murakami, Mozart, and Flaubert.  Many beginners have a problem with the actual scribing, and this is a book that is meant to provide them with inspiration and encouragement. The gist of the work is that there is no wrong creative routine as every person is different and needs a certain way to achieve his or her maximum productivity.

Many people realise that a routine works better for them. There are those who choose a particular amount of time when they should write in the morning. However, not all writers function similarly. For instance Gustave Flaubert, a French novelist preferred scribing at night as he was distracted by daytime noise. F. Scott Fitzgerald didn’t have a particular routine and would write in random spurts.

On Writing Well by William Zinsser

This is another good book for writers as it covers some tips and tricks for good journalism. It also has some advanced tips for writers who are trying to carve out a niche for themselves. Published in 1976, it covers the basics of good journalism and is an essential part of journalism classes in high schools as well as college. If you are a freelance writer searching for tips on good and concise nonfiction scribing, this is a good read.

In addition to these books, you can read writing tips from leading blogs. Do not stop what you’re doing and remember that life’s all about continuous learning.

 by Jennifer Broflowski. Jennifer works as a content manager for craftresumes.com. Her job is her inspiration, and she loves what she does.

This article has 3 comments

  1. George Smith

    If I may, I would add Ray Bradbury’s _Zen in the Art of Writing_.

  2. Penny

    Read Janice Hardy’s book on point of view. If you don’t get that straight all your writing suffers.

  3. Kachina Muna

    A very good writing book is Writing down the bones, by Natalie Goldberg

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