If you’re anything like me, you’re always on the lookout for a good craft or business book to grow your knowledge. This week I took a look over all the writing and art books I’ve consumed since I started seriously writing, and I figured why not share my up-to-date favorites list with all of you?
So without further ado, let’s dive in!
Writing Craft, Business, and Life
The first category is my favorite books on writing craft, books that teach elements of writing itself or what’s involved in the writing life and business. And boy do I have some excellent (and classic) favorites!
On Writing by Stephen King
This one is, of course, one of the biggest classics! King tells it like it is, in a relateable, down-to-earth voice. In fact, I might be due for a reread!
Bird by Bird by Anne lamott
This is an encouraging and entertaining look at how to write a book. Definitely one of my favorites, and it’s so quotable!
Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury
This is another classic, a collection of essays by classic writer Ray Bradbury. Definitely some interesting food for thought here!
Wired for STory by Lisa Cron
As a neuroscientist and a writer, I’ve loved this particular book. It delves into the neuroscience and psychology behind elements of a story and why certain things work so well…and how to improve your own writing with those ideas in mind!
THe Business of Being a Writer by Jane Friedman
This is an excellent overview and must-read for any author looking to make a career from their writing. Friedman goes through things like how publishing works, your publishing and career options, platforms, and more resources for delving deeper.
For Christian Writers
This section is specific to Christian writers, but the books are packed with so much to think about regarding spirituality, mental health, and art and creativity.
Walking on Water by Madeline L’Engle
This is another collection of essays by a classic author. It discusses what it means to be a Christian artist and how faith and art are related.
Unlocking the Heart of the Artist by Matt Tommey
This is an incredible look at how to deal with your issues to become the artist God created and to help you create as best you can. It also does some work to dispel the myth of the starving artist. It’s such a powerful read!
There are also a couple short reads that do such an uplifting job of encouraging writers to keep going and dream about how what they do affects readers. If you need a lift, pick one (or both) of these up! It won’t take long, and you’ll end up feeling validated, appreciated, and, hopefully, excited to keep writing!
Dear Author: Letters from a Bookish Fangirl by Laura A. Grace
This book is a collection of letters from a hypothetical fan to you, the author. It covers a range of scenarios and is so heartwarming!
For the love of a word Ed. by Annie Louise Twitchell
Disclaimer: I have a couple pieces in this anthology. But it’s such an encouraging and motivating collection of essays, poetry, and art. Definitely give this one a read if you need a bit of a pick-me-up.
My Upcoming Reads
Finally, I can’t complete this list without addressing a bunch of books on my list that I’m either currently reading or excited to dive into next. I won’t have too much info here, but feel free to follow the links to learn more!
The Emotional Craft of Fiction: How to Write with Emotional Power, Develop Achingly Real Characters, Move Your Readers, and Create Riveting Moral Stakes
There are so many good resources out there for craft, business, and life of a writer! I’m always on the hunt for new, good titles to consume. If you know of some not on my list, feel free to drop them in the comments.
Or, if you’ve read any of these, what are your own thoughts? Did you find them helpful? Let’s chat about it!
See you in the comments. 🙂