Books for Writers

Writing Books – Inspiration and Learning for Writers

Below is a list of  best selling Writing books to help you on your way to writing your next best selling book!

There are a variety of writing topics covered – however you can find more inspiration by going directly to fishpond to buy your next writing book…. but try to stay focused as there are so many books to choose from!

The Arvon Book of Literary Non-Fiction: Writing About Travel, Nature, Food, Feminism, History, Sexuality, Death and Friendship (Writers' and Artists' Companions)
The Arvon Book of Literary Non-Fiction: Writing About Travel, Nature, Food, Feminism, History, Sexuality, Death and Friendship (Writers’ and Artists’ Companions)
The Arvon Book of Literary Non-Fiction is an essential guide to writing in a wide range of genres, from travel writing to feminist polemic and writing on nature, history, death, friendship and sexuality.
Part 1 explores the full range of genres and asks the question: what is literary non-fiction?
Part 2 includes tips by such bestselling literary non-fiction writers as: Lisa Appignanesi, Rosemary Bailey, Gillian Beer, Bidisha, Lizzie Collingham, William Dalrymple, Stevie Davies, Colin Grant, Rahila Gupta, Philip Hoare, Siri Hustvedt, Alice Kessler-Harris, Barry Lopez, Richard Mabey, Robert Macfarlane, Sara Maitland, Neil McKenna, Caroline Moorehead, Susie Orbach, Jennifer Potter, Susan Sellers, Dava Sobel, Diana Souhami, Dale Spender, Francis Spufford, Daniel Swift, Colin Thubron, Natasha Walter, Sara Wheeler and Simon Winchester.
Part 3 offers practical advice – from planning and researching to writing a proposal and finding an agent or a publisher when your work is complete.


The Writing Book: A Workbook for Fiction Writers
The Writing Book: A Workbook for Fiction Writers
This is a practical workbook that guides writers, step-by-step, toward completing a work of fiction. Free of generalizing platitudes, it instead focuses on the specifics of craft: from getting started, discovering characters, writing dialogue and description, to evaluating the design of a draft, and of course r evision. Exercises found in this book are actual techniques working writers rely on.

Writing Your Life: A Journey of Discovery
Writing Your Life: A Journey of Discovery
Patti Miller explains in this guide that, whatever your achievements and challenges in life, your story is worth writing. If you have dreamed by childhood creeks, played in a dusty schoolyard, kissed in the back row at the pictures, had coffee with a friend, watched the sun rise or lived through any of life’s twists and turns, then you have a story to tell. Experience of living and a desire to write are what qualifies you to write a life story and this guide shows how. The book is also about the psychological and spiritual journey of “writing the self”, exploring issues of identity, meaning and truth. It provides techniques for getting started, handling perspective, stitching the pieces together and bringing experiences to life. It also explores issues like selective memory, emotional healing, interviewing family members, how to communicate your truths without cliche and how to avoid self-indulgence. This edition has been expanded and revised throughout with completely new chapters on: finding your voice; how to write engaging narrative; and how to shape memoir, including “recovery” and travel or sojourn memoirs. The passion and delight of life-writing is illustrated in the addition of an anthology of stories by people who have already been encouraged by Patti Miller’s writing techniques.

Writing Fiction: An Introduction to the Craft
Writing Fiction: An Introduction to the Craft
The art of writing fiction successfully requires not only talent but craft. This book is a guide to that craft – for writers who want to understand and master the basics of what makes a novel or story work well. The principles and practical advice offered arise from Garry Disher’s own experience as a professional writer, as well as a teacher of writing, an editor of collections, and a judge for fiction awards. Disher illustrates his points with examples from many international fiction writers, presenting a candid picture of the pleasures and pitfalls across a diversity of fiction-writing experiences. Ranging from the most significant elements of fiction, such as plot characterisation and voice, to fine details like the use of tense, Disher’s hands-on advice should help fiction writers write better fiction.

Editing Made Easy: Simple Rules for Effective Writing
Editing Made Easy: Simple Rules for Effective Writing
An earlier version of Editing Made Easy, published in Bruce Kaplan’s native Australia, has become a best-selling resource for writers in much or the English-speaking world. Because of the different spellings and conventions of American English, it has been unavailable here — until now. This book is thoroughly revised, updated, expanded, and Americanized. It maintains the attractions of the original — friendly, easy-to-understand rules for improved writing. It’s a quick read, and an easy reference for anybody who wants to communicate clearly with American English. The book is non-technical in its approach. It doesn’t cover grammatical terms such as present perfect progressive or correlative conjunctions. It boils grammar and style into a few simple rules that will serve you well whether you are a journalist, a student, a novelist, a business executive, a blogger, or anybody else who would like to make effective use of written language.

The Elements of Style Illustrated
The Elements of Style Illustrated
The only style manual ever to appear on bestseller lists has explained to millions of readers the basic principles of plain English. The book’s mantra – make every word tell – is still on point. Whether seventeen or seventy, this much-loved classic, now in its fourth edition, will forever be the go-to guide when in need of a hint on how to make a turn of phrase clearer, or a reminder on how to enliven prose with the active voice. Kalman’s exquisite illustrations give the revered work a jolt of new energy, making the learning experience more colourful and clear. The Elements of Style Illustrated will come to be known as the definitive, must-have edition.

Writing Feature Stories: How to Research and Write Newspaper and Magazine Articles
Writing Feature Stories: How to Research and Write Newspaper and Magazine Articles
A systematic and user-friendly approach to journalistic feature story writing for journalism students, professionals, freelancers, and beginners is provided in this guide. Writers will learn to move beyond conventional news stories and embrace their creativity to create compelling features. Generating fresh ideas, gathering factual information, sifting through raw material, choosing the best angle, and working with editors are all explored. Discussion questions and exercises reinforce the ideas presented in each chapter. Pop culture examples and recently published articles are used to make concepts memorable and easily accessible.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing Well
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Writing Well
If you have trouble putting your thoughts down on paper, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Writing Well has everything you need to know to make writing of any kind as easy as thinking or speaking. This guide gives expert advice on making your writing as clear and persuasive as possible, whether it’s a thank-you note, a school paper, or an executive briefing. It provides easy-to-follow guidelines on structure, spelling, punctuation, vocabulary, and style. You will find terrific tips on minimizing the time and energy taken up by tasks like research, note-taking, and proofreading.

The Freelancer's Bible: Making a Living as a Freelance Writer Online
The Freelancer’s Bible: Making a Living as a Freelance Writer Online
Have an MFA or a degree in English? Sick of your non-writing day job? Amazon bestselling author, and 20 year veteran freelance writer, Tiffani Velez, will reveal some very important tips for launching a successful work-from-home writing career in her book The Freelancer’s Bible: Making a Living as a Freelance Writer Online.

How to Write a Children's Book and Get It Published
How to Write a Children’s Book and Get It Published
Your one-stop guide to writing and selling books for children Get the tools you need to: * Develop story ideas that work* Strengthen your writing skills* Improve your work habits* Write for different age groups* Look at your work critically* Submit proposals and manuscripts* Find the right publisher for your work* Understand and negotiate contracts* Work with agents and editors* Join the writing community Do you dream of becoming the next J. K. Rowling? Are you excited about writing for children but have no idea how to begin or where to send your material? Now, respected children’s writer Barbara Seuling gives you the essential steps to getting published in the competitive, exciting world of children’s literature. From finding story ideas and creating character sketches to plotting, writing dialogue, editing, and revising your work, you’ll learn how to complete a manuscript and prepare it for submission. Whether you want to write picture or chapter books, fiction or nonfiction, poetry or plays, Seuling helps you master the different genres and capture a child’s interest and imagination, from the early years to young adult. Her fully revised guide also covers the major developments in book publishing, including vital information about using the Internet to research the market and contact publishers. Seuling even discusses recent successes such as the Harry Potter series, as well as the growth of Complete with updated lists of writing organizations, marketing information, and recommended reading, this is the only guide you need to start writing, get published, and touch the lives of children.

Writing About Your Life: A Journey into the Past
Writing About Your Life: A Journey into the Past
Written with elegance, warmth, and humor, this highly original “teaching memoir” by William Zinsser–renowned bestselling author of “On Writing Well” gives you the tools to organize and recover your past, and the confidence to believe in your life narrative. His method is to take you on a memoir of his own: 13 chapters in which he recalls dramatic, amusing, and often surprising moments in his long and varied life as a writer, editor, teacher, and traveler. Along the way, Zinsser pauses to explain the technical decisions he made as he wrote about his life. They are the same decisions you’ll have to make as you write about your own life: matters of selection, condensation, focus, attitude, voice, and tone.

The Gregg Reference Manual: A Manual of Style, Grammar, Usage, and Formatting Tribute Edition: Tribute Edition

A Manual of Style, Grammar, Usage, and Formatting

The Gregg Reference Manual is intended for anyone who writes, edits, or prepares material for distribution or publication. For over fifty years this manual has been recognized as the best style manual for business professionals and for students who want to master the on-the-job standards of business professionals. Features of the New Edition The eleventh edition of The Gregg Reference Manual has been revised and enhanced to satisfy the continually evolving demands of business and academic writers. In addition, this special four-color edition of GRM pays tribute to the author Bill Sabin with personal photographs and a new biographical essay.

A Writer’s Workbook: Daily Exercises for the Writing Life

Aspiring doctors have medical school. Karate students have belts of different colors. Pianists have scales and arpeggios. But what system do writers have for getting and staying “in shape,” to help them focus, practice, and make progress?”A Writer’s Workbook” is Caroline Sharp’s ingenious collection of exercises to inspire, encourage, warm up, and jump-start anyone who writes. A wise and funny friend who will cheerlead you through even your darkest can’t-write days and “every idea I’ve ever had is awful” nights, she provides encouraging suggestions, hilarious observations, and an amazingly vivid catalogue of writers’ neuroses (with advice on overcoming them, of course).From “Roget’s Resume” and “Emulating Ernest” to “End Well,” “The Rewrite Rut,” and “Dear John,” the exercises in this generous, wry workbook will keep your ideas fresh, your mind open, and your pen moving.

Great books for Writers!

These books have been selected to help you on your way with your writing – whether you are just starting out or an established writer.

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