Reading About Writing: My Favorite Writing Books

Reading About Writing: My Favorite Writing Books @emily_m_deardo

One of the most common tips writers give to want-to-be-writers is to read a lot. This isn’t something I’ve ever had a problem with, but there are certain books about writing that I’ve found incredibly helpful to me over the years, so I thought I’d share them with you.

  • Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within, by Natalie Goldberg. The chapters are short essays that motivate and inspire writing; there’s a list of prompts toward the front of the book if you’re stuck on the what am I supposed to write? horse. I found her writing very accessible and almost like she was sitting across the table from me at a coffeeshop. Goldberg is a gifted writer and her writing always inspires me to take another crack at my current project.

    • Escaping Into the Open: The Art of Writing True, by Elizabeth Berg. This is my favorite book about writing. Berg gives a ton of unusual prompts and activities to really inspire creativity, and she writes about her own writing process and inspirations. I’ve got this book post-it marked, underlined, and bookmarked in many different ways.

    • Make it Happen, by Lara Casey. This isn’t a writing book, per se, but it’s a book about setting and achieving your goals. I love it!

  • The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron. The classic book on freeing your inner artist, this has helped a lot of writers I know, especially in the institution of Morning Pages. I’m working my way through this–very slowly. 🙂

These are my favorites. How about you? Do you have favorite books that inspire you to be creative?

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3 thoughts on “Reading About Writing: My Favorite Writing Books

  1. Years ago, Writing Down the Bones was one of the first writing books that really jolted me. It was a gift to me when I really needed it.

    Though primarily for non-fiction, I’ve always loved William Zinsser’s On Writing Well. And you’ve inspired me to take a look at Elizabeth Berg’s book and share it with my daughters!

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