6 March 2017

Top 10 Books: Writers on Writing

I’ve learned a lot not only from reading other people’s writing, but also from reading about how they write. You don’t have to adopt their practices or even agree with them. However, it does help to have some different perspectives on the craft. You might glean a kernel of an idea that could help you with your own writing. At the very least, you’ll learn that even for the most experienced (and famous) writers, the writing life can be lonely at times, they all have to write more than one draft, and they all have had their work rejected at some point. These are my picks for the top ten books about writers and their writing, in no particular order:

  1. The Paris Review Interviews – The Paris Review (any in the series)
  2. Writers on Writing: Collected Essays from the New York Times – The New York Times (any in the series)
  3. On Writing – Stephen King
  4. On Becoming a Novelist – John Gardner
  5. Zen in the Art of Writing – Ray Bradbury
  6. Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott
  7. Writing Down the Bones – Natalie Goldberg (any book by her)
  8. On Writing Well – William Zinsser
  9. The Writing Life – Annie Dillard
  10. The Writing Life: Writers on How They Think and Work – Marie Arana

Which books on writing would you recommend? Give me your top three.