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10 Books for Writers You Need To Read This Year
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February 2019
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Whether you're currently on a roll with your writing, finding yourself in a creative rut or dealing with a major case of writer's block, it's never a bad idea to work on honing your craft. No matter what stage of writing you are currently in, these ten books for writers will inspire you to keep going and empower you to be brave and take creative risks.

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft gives an understanding of what Stephen King went through to become the person and writer he is today. This New York Times bestselling author gives us both a lively narrative of his own story, and a master class disclosing the essential tools he is convinced every writer must have.

The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer's Guide to Character Expression by Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi

It is important to attract readers using emotion. Easy right? Not so much. Sometimes when portraying a character's emotion in our writing we are quick to choose the wrong words, we overcompensate with the details or we can struggle to find any words at all. Insert The Emotion Thesaurus. This simple yet powerful tool gives a list of 75 emotions with body language, thoughts and visceral responses for each, helping you create the authentic character expressions in your writing that your readers yearn for.

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Big Magic is about loving your curiosity. Elizabeth Gilbert, the worldwide bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love, shares her unparalleled wisdom on creativity. Delving deep into her writing process, she describes the attitudes and habits we need to form to live a life full of creativity and illuminates the wonder that comes from tackling what we love most.

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown

Vulnerability is courage. As writers, we invest our time, our hearts, our all into our work . . . and then we take a deep breath and share it. New York Times bestselling author Brené Brown illustrates how vulnerability is both the core of difficult emotions such as fear and disappointment and the birthplace of love, belonging and creativity. Daring Greatly teaches you how to open up your own heart so you can connect deeply with others in your writing, and in everything you do and are.

Do Story: How to tell your story so the world listens. by Bobette Buster

A quick and engaging read, Do Story: How to tell your story so the world listens. lives up to its title. The author, Bobette Buster, works with top storytelling studios such as Pixar, Disney and 21st Century Fox to bring you a new way to think about your writing. In this book, she reveals the principles used by some of the world’s best storytellers and provides a straightforward way to apply these tactics to your own writing.

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott

Author Anne Lamott recalls that when she was young her brother spent three months procrastinating on a report he had to write about birds. As he nearly broke down in tears the day before its due date, his father approached him, saying, “Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.” This is how Lamott approaches writing. She doesn’t claim to know any magic secrets to writing. She simply shares her humble, honest and refreshing reflections on the process, tip by tip, step by step, bird by bird.

Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content by Ann Handley

In a world full of the overwhelming noise of online content, good writing matters. It has great value. Author Ann Handley gives encouragement and guidance to help you write well across all of your online platforms -- your web pages, blogs, email, marketing offers and social media. Everybody Writes is a trustworthy guide that helps you give your readers the gift of your true story, no matter where you write it.

Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them by Francine Prose

“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” - Stephen King

Francine Prose regards the importance of King’s statement in her novel Reading Like a Writer. She explores the work of some of the very best authors -- Dostovesky, Dickens and Austen among others, illuminating why their work has endured. Her intention is to encourage writers to slow down while they read, and thus notice the details that make the greatest works of literature extraordinary.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Growing up Susan Cain felt as though she has to suppress her introversion. But in her impeccably researched novel, Quiet, she demonstrates how the rise of extroversion has spread throughout our society, and the value that introverts hold. For all the introverts out there -- those who quietly innovate, write and create, this book has the power to change how you see yourself.

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself Into Print by Renni Browne and Dave King

Written by two professional editors, Renni Browne and Dave King, Self-Editing for Fiction Writers teaches techniques that transform promising manuscripts into published novels and short stories. Each technique the authors explain is rich with examples from the hundreds of books they have edited throughout their careers. Browne and King provide editing advice accessible to both the seasoned writer, and the newbies.

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