5 Books You Must Read to Be a Creative and Engaging Writer

“Everybody is talented, original, and has something important to say!” — Brenda Ueland

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1. If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland

I know what it feels to be stuck in your writing. How hard it is to get ideas out of your head or to write fluently with confidence. If you are in that phase, reading this book will definitely help. It helps to let your creativity flow and be true to yourself when writing. I even still remember one of the first quotes on the first chapter that I always keep in mind to this day:

2. The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

At only 165 pages, this book is short but jam-packed with all the motivation any aspiring writer would need. Steven Pressfield is a bestselling author who uses this book to inspire and guide writers who are having difficulties expressing their creativity.

3. Everybody Writes by Ann Handley

If the title of this book doesn’t draw you in, we don’t know what will. Everybody Writes a testament that everyone is a writer and that writing matters more than ever today. It’s a guide to attract and appeal to customers through written words, especially in online marketing. The way you write can speak a lot about who you are and how the audience perceives you. It can make you seem fun and trustworthy as much as it can make you look dull and confused.

4. Publish. Repeat by David Wright, Sean Platt, and Johnny B. Truant

A big part of being a writer is getting one’s work published. This book explores the best way to combine art and business without tipping the balance on either side. It is truly an incredible book to read for aspiring writers, as you will learn that the business of being an author can be made an art too. Whether your end goal is to be self or traditionally published, you should know how to go about it. There aren’t many who have talked about this, much less anyone who is doing it well. David Wright, Sean Platt, and Johnny B. Truant also host the Self-publishing podcast, something you might want to check out.

5. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

Last but definitely not least is this classic book by Stephen King, perhaps the best-known writer of horror, speculative, and suspense fiction. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a fan of his actual novels. On writing has been considered the writing bible by many authors. This book details how his love and passion for writing helped him through a fatal accident in 1999, and this story will move any writer.

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