Here is a partial list of books every newbie writer should read. This list has many books that will speak to your inner muse.
My all time favorites, in no particular order…
Part autobiographical, part instructional this is a must read for any new writer. Even if Horror is not your genera this book is filled with fun facts, stories about his writing process, and advice on how to edit your manuscript. “Sometimes you just have to kill your darlings.”
On Writing – Ernest Hemingway
This book has excerpts of personal letters written to friends like F. Scotts Fitzgerald, family members and his editor. Hemingway wrote these letter about his thoughts on writing and the writer’s life. Don’t miss this intimate look into a literary master’s life.
The Elements of Style – William B. Strunk Jr. and E. B. White
This little book on writing has rules of usage, composition, form and style. Don’t pass on this one. There is a ton on useful information that every writer must know.
Writing Naked – by Jennifer Probst
Written in Probst’s unmistakable and honest voice, Write Naked is filled with the lessons and craft advice every writer needs in order to carve out a rewarding career.
How to fix your Novel – Steve Alcorn
This book gives simple techniques to use that will improve you manuscript. Some chapter titles are: First Aid for your Novel, Dramatic Elements, Character Building, Voice and Get Published. This is a comprehensive that helps you get published.
The Writers Complete Fantasy Reference – Introduction by Terry Brooks
A complete reference guide for fantasy writers. Have a question about magic or myth? The answer is there under chapters like: World Cultures, Magic, Witchcraft and pagan paths. Game of Thrones?
Why We Write – Edited by Meredith Maran
This book has excerpts from twenty of today’s top authors like Jennifer Egan, James Frey, Gish Jen, Rick Moody, Armistead Maupin to name a few, Each writes about the why and how of their own process.
What do you think of this list? Are we missing anything? If you have a recommendation or book title not listed please, pass it along.