While reading a good book, you might have always wondered how the author managed to produce such an amazing piece of work that keeps its readers glued until the last page. We think that authors are gifted because they have the power to captivate readers even though their works are hundreds of pages long, but little do we know that it is all about certain tricks and techniques, and of course creativity.
You might think that you have a poetic mind too, and a writer’s imagination, but whenever you begin to write something, you just cannot. It is because you are confused about where to begin and where not, and just cannot put the words on your mind into the right frame. But, it will become easy if you are guided in the right way, that too from experts who have walked in your shoes, themselves have faced these problems at some point of time. But today, they are known either as expert guides or renowned authors, because they have overcome what was stopping them from writing, and adapted their own style.
You can also become a novelist, or perhaps a bestselling author with the right guidance, and special advice from experts. If you are looking for books that will help and guide you to become a novelist, then here are the best books on our list that will fill your mind full of ideas, tips, techniques, and advice, and eventually, will bring out that “Writer” hiding within you.
1. On Writing by Stephen King
One of the most popular books across the world written by the renowned author Stephen King, OnWritingis going to be your Bible to succeed as a writer. King’s book is divided into two parts, where the first part reflects his own journey of becoming an author, a deeply personal account of his life as an author. Whereas, the second part is all about how readers can become good writers, that follow some authentic tips and advice from the expert himself.
Throughout the novel, readers would come across some precious advice, and real-life experiences of the best writer of all times, Stephen King will teach you how to write a book in his own way and style.
2. How to Write Like Tolstoy by Richard Cohen
Richard Cohen through his book provides an insight into the greatest minds of literature, such as Leo Tolstoy. As we all know, Tolstoy is one of the most celebrated Russian authors who gained his popularity from his two famous books WarandPeace, and AnnaKarenina, and now with this book written by Richard Cohen, you will be guided to be able to write like, or in the style of Tolstoy.
Although the title suggests that this book is all about Tolstoy’s writing style or his creative mind, but what’s more fascinating is that Cohen takes readers on an excursion into the lives and minds of some of the greatest writers of all time, from Balzac and Eliot to Woolf and Nabokov, Zadie Smith and Stephen King. You will come across tricks, techniques, motivations, and so much more. This is definitely one of those books on molding you into an impressive writer, that you must read.
3. The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr., E. B. White, and Maira Kalman
One of the most influential books ever written on the topic of “Writing”, The Elements of Style has all that you need to learn about the art of writing. It is very important to understand the rule of writing before you can begin with it, and hence, Strunk and White along with Maria Kalman will take readers on a journey where they will learn tricks and tips of writing like an expert and will gain confidence in it.
From improving sentence construction to tailoring interesting plots, you will come across every important detail before you begin with your own piece of writing.
4. Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury
Zen in the Art of Writing is a collection of essays by Ray Bradbury that he wrote over a span of many years, and eventually clubbed into a single book. Bradbury’s essays are based mainly on writing and his own experiences of becoming a successful writer.
From selling newspapers on the corners of streets to writing a novel like Fahrenheit 451 that became extremely popular worldwide, Bradbury through his own experiences guides readers on how writing a good novel or any sort of writing is possible if you know the right techniques. In this book, readers will have a close look at Bradbury’s career as a writer and know about his passion, motivation, creativity, and exuberance, and moreover, what can be better than learning from a writer who was once an ordinary almost invisible man, who later shocked the world with his exclusive work of Science-fiction.
5. The Forest for the Trees by Betsy Lerner
“An Editor’s Advice to Writers”, Betsy Lerner’s The Forest For The Trees will provide an amazing reading experience to its readers, for it will help them avoid mistakes that often lead to rejections by Publication houses. This funny and insightful editor’s guide will take you inside the publishing industry, where you will gain insights into how your piece of writing can be published, and avoid mistakes that authors usually make.
From production to the creative process, this essential trove of advice can change the lives of authors who have begun to write and want their works published hassle-free.
6. On Writing by Ernest Hemmingway
Can there be anything better than learning the art of writing from one of the greatest American authors like Ernest Hemingway? Regarded as one of the finest authors of all time for his mind-blowing work of fiction and non-fiction, Hemmingway in this book will reflect his own career as a writer, and how did he manage to become a successful writer.
Although Hemmingway thinks it is a bad idea to talk about writing, he kept on writing about it until the end of his life. In his book, Hemmingway shares some precious advice, his own views of being and becoming a writer, the art of writing, work habits, disciplines and so much more. Hemmingway’s guide “on writing” is a treasure for those wanting to become bestselling authors.
7. Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon
A great book of advice for modern writers, Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon presents ten transformative principles that will help readers discover their artistic side and become more creative in their lives.
Your hobby of writing can transform into a profession, but for that, you need the kind of guidance that takes you to the path of success, and this book will exactly do that. From discovering your creative “self” to writing a book that becomes popular, the secret to success lies within this book.
8. Aspects of the Novel by E. M. Forster
E.M. Forster, a popular British novelist known for his exceptional works such as A Room With A View and The Passage To India, in his book will introduce readers to the seven aspects of writing a novel that make it a success.
Published in the year 1956, this book is a treatise on writing and literary criticism, and presents readers with secrets to writing a novel, and uses examples from works of the greatest authors like Charles Dickens and Fyodor Dostoevsky. A book of great importance for aspiring novelists, E.M. Forster clearly paves the way where they need to focus on to achieve success.
9. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
A modern classic for the generations of writers be it young or old, Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott is especially for creative minds who want to become successful writers with the help of some valuable advice and instructions.
Beginning with a personal account of how Lamott got fascinated by books and developed the passion for writing while being influenced by her father, this hilarious, homespun book of advice is all that modern writers need to begin wisely and efficiently. From discovering your passion to unpacking the life of the artist as well as the art of life, Lamott through her book encourages readers to become the kind of writers they aspire to become, through her own experiences.
10. The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers by Christopher Vogler
A book that lets readers explore the journey of a Hero, Christopher Vogler’s The Writer’s Journey is an influential book for those wanting to begin their writing career. Vogler in his narration, presents a hero, his adventure, and overcoming of his crisis until the end of his journey.
Vogler divides his book into two parts, the first part depicts common characters archetypes in heroic myth, whereas the second part deals with twelve stages of the hero’s journey. Throughout his book, Vogler makes readers aware of the techniques of writing a novel, from creating an impressive character to designing its plot and executing it. This book is surely a must-read for those who would love to write historical novels or include mythological elements in them.