Books for Writers (and Readers too)
I’m often asked what I would recommend, so this is the beginning of a possibly infinite list. Never too obvious to add the old advice: read, read, read. Thanks to all who made suggestions here. If you have a favourite book I’ve missed out, do please let me know and I’ll add it to the list.
Teach Yourself has a fabulous creative writing community blogsite called The Future Bookshelf. Worth paying them a visit!
From Pitch to Publication: everything you need to know about getting your novel published Carole Blake
Write to be Published Nicola Morgan – Nicola Morgan provides fantastic advice for writers on her website. Approachable, straightforward and very wise! Follow her on Twitter @nicolamorgan.
The Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook
Becoming a Better Writer
Becoming a Writer Dorothea Brande
Zen in the Art of Writing Ray Bradbury
Into the Woods: a 5 Act Journey into Story John Yorke
Negotiating with the Dead: a writer on writing Margaret Atwood
On Writing: a memoir of the craft Stephen King (and if you haven’t read Stephen King, you should)
The Practice of Writing & Writing Fiction David Lodge
How to Write (Guardian) Philip Olterman
Bird by Bird: some instructions on writing and life Anne Lamott
The Forest for the Trees: an editor’s advice to writers Betsy Lerner
The Seven Basic Plots: why we tell stories Christopher Booker
The Writing Life: authors speak British Library audio
The Writing Life Annie Dillard
Either on a local or regional level (e.g New Writing North) these are extremely helpful with advice, support and company! Find out what’s available in your area,
Brain Pickings: 9 Books on Reading & Writing
Neil Gaiman’s 8 Rules of Writing
Books About Books
Howards End is on the Landing: a year of reading from home Susan Hill
Ex Libris: confessions of a common reader & At Large and at Small: confessions of a literary hedonist Anne Fadiman
Outside of a Dog: a bibliomemoir Rick Gekoski
The Reading Promise: 3218 nights of reading with my father Alice Ozma
The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop: a memoir, a history Lewis Buzbee
The Child That Books Built Francis Spufford
So Many Books So Little Time: a year of passionate reading Sara Nelson
Read William Goldman on screenwriting, Diana Athill on editing (and her life)
Read fairy stories, and above all, and once again, read read read.