Day Eight | Best Books on Writing

To write well, we must be well read. We're starting our reading off for the month in book form, but in the coming Wednesdays I'll share the best writing websites, writing conferences, and short pieces from bloggers around the web.

You'll notice the books I've selected are not solely written for writers or written for writers at all. That's not for lack of books on writing on the market. More so, in my personal experience I've found some of the most challenging and inspirational books on writing have come from individuals specialized in other creative fields or are passionate about helping others refine their creative habit. I love approaching the subject of writing from a broad perspective and I hope you will too.


The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life

This book is not actually a book on writing, but the principles and exercise can greatly refine your writing going forward. Choreographer Twyla Tharp (she's pretty amazing!) shares her secrets and life experiences in developing her creative habit. Most helpful though are her thorough exercises at the end of each chapter. This is not just a book you read, but operates more as an inspirational workbook. If you're a writer or simply just a creative looking to hone your craft this is the perfect place to start.

Bird By Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

I read this book on that life-changing trip across the Atlantic to Spain. This entire book is devoted to explaining the art of writing. If you're looking for a book that focuses on publishing, this is not the one, but if you're looking for a book that delves into the mind-numbing, soul shifting, community creating experience provided by writing, then this is definitely the book for you. 

What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast

Struggling to find time to write? Author Laura Vanderkamp, known for 168 Hours (also a recommended read), will push you to rethink your morning routine in this game changing short-read. This very practical guide is fun, relatable, and filled with resources to restart how you start your day. I actually think I need to reread this book as my mornings have been suffering as of recently. 

On My Reading List

The remaining are stacked on my bedside table, neatly tucked away on my Kindle, or waiting to be ordered on my Amazon Wishlist.

The Writing Life by Annie Dillard

Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All by Tom Kelley

The War of Art: Break through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield

Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg

Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table by Ruth Reichl

A Million Little Ways: Uncover the Art you were Made to Live by Emily Freeman