NaNoWriMo is right around the corner. If you're still trying to get those juices flowing, here are some books to help inspire your writing.
If you're an aspiring writer, these are the books you should definitely give a try:
It Was The Best Of Sentences, It Was The Worst Of Sentences: A Writer's Guide To Crafting Killer Sentences by June Casagrande
If you’re looking for books on writing skills, then this is your new best friend. Casagrande breaks down the art of syntax, or the order in which we put words. It breaks down the basics of language that we learned so long ago and need a refresher on in a fun and creative way that makes grammar less boring.
The Forest for the Trees by Betsy Lerner
These words of wisdom from a veteran editor will have you on your way to publishing in no time. Lerner offers insight on the publishing process, the different types of writers, and how to handle many concerns creative writers have. It’s one of the best books on creative writing to read when you’re feeling imposter syndrome set in.
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
Best known for her memoir Eat, Pray, Love, Gilbert brings her hard-earned wisdom to the next generation of writers. This essential book for writers tackles how to develop the necessary habits to optimize creativity.
The Teachers & Writers Handbook of Poetic Forms by Ron Padgett
Though it was originally published in 1987, this is one of the best books on writing poetry that has become a powerful mainstay. Padgett provides several styles and poetry formats, with ample explanation and examples to help teach the foundations of poetry writing.
When Memory Speaks: Exploring the Art of Autobiography by Jill Ker Conway
One of the best books on writing nonfiction comes from one of America’s most renowned autobiographers. In this guide, Conway discusses the art form of memoir, and especially its connection and creation from the perspective of gender.
Meander, Spiral, Explode: Design and Pattern in Narrative by Jane Alison
One of the books that will make you a better writer is the manifesto from novelist and writing teacher Jane Alison. In this guide on writing, Alison unravels the tried-and-true formula stories have traditionally followed. She encourages writers to see instead how a narrative can move forward without the accepted trajectory of rise, tension, climax, and denouement.
The DC Comics Guide to Writing Comics by Dennis O’Neil
Among the essential books for comic creators is this guide on comic book writing from industry veteran Dennis O’Neil. He offers insider tips and tricks on how to create a comic script that is most likely to succeed. He also provides insight on the different forms of comic books to better prepare aspiring writers for the medium.
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself Into Print by Renni Browne and Dave King
Editing is by far the hardest part of the writing process. Learning when to let go and “kill your darlings” is never easy, so Browne and King created a guide to help you figure out where to cut the fat, and when to simply apply polish. This editing guide offers exercises you can practice to become better at self-editing.