Are you an aspiring writer? Try these!
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
This offers a friendly introduction to the life of writing. There are both instructions for the hopeful novice and relatable advice for the experienced author in this book. Its straightforward structure matches the method she proposes for writing—that you should take things “bird by bird,” one small step at a time. She’s been there, she knows how hard it is, and she’s here to help you through it.
Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Withing by Natalie Goldberg
This reflects on the experience of being a writer in small, digestible essays, usually only a page or two. Writing reflects your life and connects to the person you are. She breaks down her broad philosophy with casual writing and humorous examples; get used to metaphors such as “Writing is Not a McDonald’s Hamburger” and “One Plus One Equals a Mercedes-Benz.”
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
For the more experienced fiction writer, who has already dipped their toes into the water and acclimated to the temperature, Stephen King pulls away the niceties in order to push you towards greatness. He wastes no time on fluff or candy-coated half-truths, only giving practical advice for the artful craft he’s dedicated his life to. If you’re a writer focused on improvement, you will benefit in more ways from this book than you can count.