Improving Your Writing | 6 Books All Writers Should Read



hey Ron it's Sarah welcome back to my weekly writing tip video series in the month of August I'm talking all about improving your writing and today I'm going to be talking about six writing craft books that everyone should read first one is writing down the bones by Natalie Goldberg this is all about freeing the writer within so it's kind of just a collection of little essays about different ways that you can think about writing and you know just different reasons why people want to write and it just really makes you think about your writing and why you want to be a writer in the first place it's a great book to read if you are just getting into writing but it's also a good book to read if you have been writing for years so I just really think that all writers should read this one and this one is great because you don't really have to read it in order like there are just a bunch of little you know essays kind of and you can kind of just get through and read the ones that you want to read that day and she also has you know important exercises and tips and different ways of thinking that will you know improve your writing so it's just it's a great read overall and I definitely recommend it the next book that I would recommend is on writing by Stephen King now this is a pretty famous book in the world of writing craft books it's kind of a memoir of some of his experiences and it also is sort of a guide book for anyone who wants to be a writer he has some excellent advice and some great tips in this book so I would definitely recommend it for anyone who is interested in writing the next book I'm going to recommend is bird by bird by Ann Lamont this is a great book of writing advice and just advice in general for life I think it's really funny I loved Anne Lamott and the way that she writes things and I she thinks about things it's kind of unusual it's just a very thoughtful guide and it's very inspirational it's very motivational this is a good book to read if you're kind of overwhelmed by the idea of being a writer she kind of just gives you a nice sense of how to go about the writing process and what it is to be a writer the next book I'm going to mention I know I have talked about on here before and that is the art of dramatic writing by lad Jose agree now this is a book that is geared towards playwrights but it does have a lot of really great information that I think could be used in any form of writing and storytelling I especially like his section on character I think he's got a lot of really great exercises for that he has this thing called the bone structure where you just kind of take character and you go through and you list out all of their physical and psychological and sociological sort of qualities and that one has really helped me tremendously in a lot of my writing the next book that I would recommend is beginnings middles and ends by Nancy kress this is a great kind of book for anyone who needs help with plot structure or anything like that she kind of just lays things out in a straightforward and simple way that's easy to use and easy to practice and at the end of every section she gives you exercises to help you create stronger beginnings or middles or ends or depending on the section that you're on and I just think it's a really great read it's really short too it won't take you long to get through it and I'd recommend it and the next book that I'm going to recommend is ordinary genius by kim adonis you she's an excellent poet look her up I'm a big fan of her work this is a great book it's kind of geared towards it's and poetry-writing but even if you aren't really poet I think you could still get a lot out of it and she talks about the creative process in general this is another book that's really good for a beginners but it's also really good for anyone who has been writing for a long time and if you have a better understanding of poetry and some of the techniques and things that will make you a better poet I think that can only strengthen your writing even if you don't write poetry at all so those are six reading craft books so that I would recommend to any writer I'll leave the link down below to all of these books where you can find out more about them don't forget to subscribe to my channel if you would like to see more videos about writing books or music also subscribe to my mailing list the daily writer for daily writing prompts next week we're going to talk about the pros and cons of writing or English degrees so stick around for that and until next time thanks for watching and happy writing you

15 thoughts on “Improving Your Writing | 6 Books All Writers Should Read

  1. Your camera is on auto mode, and it changes exposure and focus all the time, which makes me schizofrenic. Turn in into manual mode PLEASE!
    BTW: Thank You for the video 🙂

  2. Hello there, thank you for the videos and introductions. There is something about a book I'm writing do you mind if I ask you to read one chapter of it?

  3. Not so many years ago, there were precious few books on this craft. Now, there are tens of dozens to help and hinder (or confuse). Yes, I have bought about 7 in total, and this includes screenwriting as an addition to regular stories. So, my mind is made up; it is time to GET WRITING, and put the guides to one side – even for a little while… Write, and then review. I WILL also stop editing as I go along! Happy creativity folks!

  4. Excuse me please tell me about which book should i read to improve my englishi am from india

  5. Which book i should for grammar & vocabulary please give me suggestion

  6. I didn't hear begginings middle and ends, sounds useful. The art of dramatic Writing changed completely my writing that was the difference for me between the guy who just want to write something about and the serious crafter…..From him I loved the way he explained exposition….

  7. To be honest, I haven't completed reading a single book so far. Every time I start I somehow loose the continuity and then I try to begin with a new book. This time, I will have to commit myself to start and finish with the books which you mentioned 🙂

  8. I definitely want to read Ordinary Genius. I love On Writing, and I'm sure when I do a video like that it'll be on my list. I have to agree with +Burgess Taylor The Wonderbook is amazing. It's geared a bit toward speculative fiction, but I think any writer can benefit from it.

  9. A few more that are really good are Janice Hardy's Plannig Your Novel: Ideas and Structure, Self Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne & Dave King, Plot Perfect by Paula Munier, The Writer's Compass by Nancy Ellen Dodd, and The Wonderbook:The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction by Jeff Vandermeer. I need to check out Writing Down the Bones; BIrd by Bird, and Beginnings, Middles, and Ends,

  10. Beginnings Middles & Ends was one of my text books for a creative writing class I took a few years back. I still have it – although I haven't read it. 🙁 I probably should, it's just sitting there on my bookshelf staring at me, wondering when I'm going to read it.

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