What are the best books about writing?

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    #1On Writing

    On Writing
    Half memoir, half master class, this Stephen King's tour de force will reveal the truly and practical lifestyle of a writer. Don't ready if you expect ideal visions of muses behind always around you.
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    Amit Patel
    Written on April 11, 2018
    " enjoyed this book thoroughly, and took my time reading it. I could "hear" Mr. King's "voice" in my head as I read this on my iPad Kindle app. I felt like I was reading something from a friend---as if he had written a personal letter to me--- to give me an understanding of what he went through to become the person he is today. "
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    #2A Room of One's Own

    A Room of One's Own

    In A Room of One's Own, author Virginia Woolf imagines that Shakespeare had a sister equal in talent, and genius, but her legacy is radically different. She never writes a word and dies by her own hand.

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    #3The Elements of Style (4th Edition)

    The Elements of Style (4th Edition)

    The 4th edition of The Elements of Style is a writing style guide by William Strunk Jr. Originally published in 1920, this book is an enduring guide for grammar and punctuation usage for composition writing.

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    Randy Pearson
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "The Elements of Style (4th Edition) is a great book about writing. "
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    #4Why I Write

    Why I Write

    Why I Write is a collection of essays by the well-known author, George Orwell. It includes four essays, including one that chronicles Orwell's journey in writing, beginning with his literary ambitions as a child. 

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    Eric Schneider
    Written on March 29, 2018
    "My duaghter needed a boost to her writing skills. Why I Write helped her get back into the creative mood and helped her get an A+ on a writing assignment."
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    #5The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers

    The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers

    The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers is a book written by American author and creative writing professor, John Gardner. It serves as a comprehensive guide for aspiring writers and includes lessons in technical writing skills.

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    Thomas Perkins
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "The Art of Fiction is a must read for writers everywhere. Theres plenty of tips and hints to make your writing experience much better."
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    #6Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within

    Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within

    Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within is a book written by Natalie Goldberg, first published in 1986. It aims to teach readers to achieve a healthy and sustainable writing practice through the art of Zen meditation.

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    Kathy Evans
    Written on April 7, 2018
    "This book really spoke to me. It can help clear your writers block and get that brain working. "
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    #7The Right to Write

    The Right to Write

    The Right of Write: An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life is a book by Julia Cameron with plenty of exercises that will help a writer lost his/her fears and boost his/her creativity.

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    Amit Trivedi
    Written on April 1, 2018
    "This book isn't a how to book. It is mostly inspiration to write. I found the book a little boring and ultimately a waste of money. I returned the book after one day. "
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    #8Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

    Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
    If you are stressed thinking on the big project that is writing a novel, this book will calm you and teach to write word by word... or more like bird by bird.
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    Patricia Johnston
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "This book has phenomenal reviews! The author captivates her reading audience and helps encourage them to find their inner story teller. Reading the reviews, I think the book helps writers overcome any writers block. The book does not teach grammar skills though. "
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    #9The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity

    The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity

    The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity is a bestselling non-fiction book written by Julia Cameron, first published in 1992. It aims to inspire readers to write as a way of engaging the mind for spiritual healing.

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    Bruce Gonzales
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "After reading this book I was motivated to start writing my own journal in order to help myself to calm down and enjoy life more. What happened was that I was able to reflect on my life through my writing. This has helped me so much over the years. I recently went back and re-read this book and it was nice to compare who I am now to how I was when I first read this book. Thank you to this book and the motivation to write my own journal as a way to heal myself. "
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    #10Eats, Shoots & Leaves

    Eats, Shoots & Leaves
    Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation is a guidebook written by Lynne Truss. Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation was published by The Penguin Group. 
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    Judy Ryan
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "If you are a teacher or just a grammar and punctuation enthusiast have I got the book for you. This is the perfect guidebook that helps one and all with writing."
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    #11The Screenwriter's Bible: A Complete Guide to Writing, Formatting, and Selling Your Script

    The Screenwriter's Bible: A Complete Guide to Writing, Formatting, and Selling Your Script

    The Screenwriter's Bible: A Complete Guide to Writing, Formatting, and Selling Your Script (4th Edition) is a compilation of 6 books that offer screenwriting fundamentals, sample scenes, and useful explanations.

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    Brandon Hudson
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "If you an aspiring screenwriter this book is going to be something that you have to pick up and read. It will break down screenplays to its basic cores when it comes to the writing. This will allow you to go into the mind of a great screenwriter and see how they come up with ideas and transfer them to paper. You will learn a lot from this book that will go a long way in improving this craft of yours. "
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    #12The Starter Screenplay: Client Edition

    The Starter Screenplay: Client Edition
    The Starter Screenplay: Client Edition authored by Adam Levenberg is a nonfiction and reference book that unveils the rules of the entertainment industry and helps new screenwriters correct common mistakes.
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    Benito Ortega
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This is a very good match in that it has 5 star reviews and over 100 of them so I would be confident in the quality of this book. My only critique might be that it is about writing but it is also a bit specialized in that it is about screenplay writing. I think that's a very minor thing though and I would expect to be able to learn more about writing even if screenplays did not interest me at all."
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    #13Journalution

    Journalution
    Journalution is a non-fiction book written by Sandy Grason, first published in 2005 by New World Library. It is a self-help book that advocates for spiritual healing through journal writing. 
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    Marie Meyer
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Journalution isn't just another journaling book. The exercises really help you to explore your feeling and get them onto paper. Once they are there, you can process them and move on. I found myself accessing memories I hadn't thought about for years, and having revelations I never expected. If you want to learn about yourself through keeping a journal, get this book."
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    #14On Writing Well

    On Writing Well

    On Writing Well is a book by William Zinsser that was released in 1985. It is about learning how to write, it offers you both fundamental principles and as well as the insights of a seasoned practitioner.

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    Jimmy Manhart
    Written on February 18, 2019
    "This book written by William Zinsser became my guide in writing world. It helps a lot. I can read it again and again. Of course, I advice it to everyone. You won't regret, just trust me!"
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    #15Journal to the Self: Twenty-Two Paths to Personal Growth

    Journal to the Self: Twenty-Two Paths to Personal Growth
    Journal to the Self: Twenty-Two Paths to Personal Growth is a self-help book by the acclaimed therapist, Kathleen Adams. It advocates for personal growth through journal writing.
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    Martha Vargas
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I owe this writer a lot of thanks. I taught freshman English for twenty years. During that time, my students were required to keep journals. I shared many techniques with them, and many of of those techniques I took from this book. Rereading it as a retired English teacher with just my own personal journal keep, I discovered techniques I had forgotten about. The book written in 1990 is a bit old fashioned; there are no chapters on keeping an online journal or even using your iPod to update the journal. Still it was a very good reread. I know why I kept this book. I know why I taught many of the techniques"
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    #16Drawing From Life: The Journal as Art

    Drawing From Life: The Journal as Art

    Drawing From Life: The Journal as Art is a non-fiction book written by Jennifer New, first published in 2005 by Princeton Architectural Press. It explores the concept of the journal as an art form.

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    Mary Green
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "A very nice and informative book on creating journals with lots of diagrams and pictures to help along the way."
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    #17The True and the Questions

    The True and the Questions
    The True and the Questions is a non-fiction book written by Sabrina Ward Harrison, first published in 2005. It is an illustrated art journal that aims to inspire readers into making an art journal of their own.
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    Donald Jones
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "My daughter loved this book. It really helped her get her thoughts down and inspired her to write in new ways. The art and other resources in this book are wonderful, and it combines her passions for writing short pieces and drawing. "
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    #18Writing & Selling Thriller Screenplays

    Writing & Selling Thriller Screenplays

    Writing & Selling Thriller Screenplays is a nonfiction reference book authored by Lucy V. Hay that revolves around the ins and outs of thriller writing and how screenplay might be marketed to investors and other realities of film finance.

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    Agustina Castro
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "If you're interested in finding the best book about writing, check out Writing & Selling Thriller Screenplays as it is very helpful for your needs. It is a nonfiction reference book by Lucy V. Hay that revolves around writing and how it can be marketed to investors. I would definitely pick this book up for the knowledge that it contains. "
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    #19Write It Down, Make It Happen

    Write It Down, Make It Happen

    Write It Down, Make It Happen: Knowing What You Want and Getting It is a non-fiction book written by Henriette Anne Klauser. It was first published in 2000 by Simon & Schuster.

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    Keith Wilson
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "Write It Down, Make it happen really gave me the kick in the pants I need to chase after my goals. The premise is simple.... Write down your goals. However simple it may seem, this book truly gives you practical ways to change your life."
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    #20I am Enough: Journal Affirmations for Girls

    I am Enough: Journal Affirmations for Girls
    I am Enough: Journal Affirmations for Girls is a non-fiction book written by Elizabeth D. Gray and illustrated by Shannon Macias. It advocates for personal empowerment for girls through journaling.
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    Judith Flores
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I am Enough: Journal Affirmation is good for parrents who likes to understand their daughters adolescene. Girls are more complecated when they are growing, in this book they will tackle some of the unwanted things that every girl is experiencing. You should get this book to help your daughters emotional aspect. "
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    #21Note to Self: On Keeping a Journal and Other Dangerous Pursuits

    Note to Self: On Keeping a Journal and Other Dangerous Pursuits

    Note to Self: On Keeping a Journal and Other Dangerous Pursuits is a non-fiction book written by Samara O'Shea. It was first published in 2008, and it aims to guide the reader into trying their hand at journal writing.

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    Larry Collins
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Note to Self is part instruction manual and part personal therapist. A journal is your gateway to the psyche. I have learned from reading this interesting and practical book is that keeping a journal is the next best thing to having a private therapist at your beck and call, 24 hours a day. It is always there for you. Have something on your mind - write in your journal. Can't figure something out - write in it. Are distraught - reach for your journal and your stress will leave your mind and body and flow to the page. Work issues - perfect for journal writing. Relationship woes - grab the journal, start writing and things have a way of magically sorting themselves out. Feeling guilty about something - start writing as it's like having a private confessional. These are just a few of the things that I learned by reading this book, and I found out that it really works."
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    #22Artists' Journals and Sketchbooks

    Artists' Journals and Sketchbooks
    Artists' Journals and Sketchbooks: Exploring and Creating Personal Pages is a non-fiction book written by Lynne Perrella. First published in 2004 by Quarry Books, it gives readers a glimpse into artists' journals.
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    Kimberly Hudson
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "There are some lovely narratives (autobiographies) that have been written about journals. This isn't that genre. That doesn't mean that it is a bad book. In fact, I use it all the time because it offers prompts for journaling. I'm a social worker and I lead groups for teens. I've used some of the prompts professionally and this book has inspired lots of ideas for groups. It gives good ideas not just for writing, but for sketching. It's very useful. "
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    #23Writing Down Your Soul

    Writing Down Your Soul

    Writing Down Your Soul is a non-fiction book written by Janet Conner, first published in 2009 by Conary Press. It aims to help readers write to reach their inner consciousness.

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    Phillip Carroll
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I have always wanted to keep a journal, but I have never been good at writing down what I feel. The book "Writing Down Your Soul" has really guided me to be more introspective and a better writer. This book has changed my life and the way I view my consciousness. I highly recommend it."
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    #24The Joke's On You: How to Write Comedy

    The Joke's On You: How to Write Comedy

    The Joke's On You: How to Write Comedy by Stephen Hoover is a comprehensive nonfiction reference book for comedy writing. It presents the history of comedy and theories that covers comedy writing in all forms.

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    Austin Porter
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "A great guide to writing comedy. I've always thought I've had some funny ideas for jokes and such but never really knew how to translate them into something to make others laugh. This book also covers theories about what makes us laugh. If you know why people laugh, you can make them laugh. I've become much more confident as a result of this book. I'm the life of the party now!"

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Best What are the best books about writing
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1On WritingBooks 40 Paid
2A Room of One's OwnBooks 36 Paid
3The Elements of Style (4th Edition)Books 34 Paid
4Why I WriteBooks 31 Paid
5The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young WritersBooks 30 Paid
6Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer WithinBooks 28 Paid
7The Right to WriteBooks 25 Paid
8Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and LifeBooks 25 Paid
9The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher CreativityBooks 3 Paid
10Eats, Shoots & LeavesBooks 1 Paid
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