There are a lot of books out there about writing, the business of writing, and being a creative. Over the last few years, I’ve read a few of them. I want to share them with you because they’ve been invaluable resources for me.
Aside from actually living out your creativity (which is an indispensable necessity), reading about creativity and the business of writing is the best way to learn and by inspired.
Books That Really Registered:
James Scott Bell’s Write Your Novel from the Middle (***+): A different perspective on how to write a novel from an experienced writer and former practicing lawyer.
Donald Miller’s Building a Story Brand (***+): Many of my ideas about good business marketing are anchored in this book. I’ve been reading Donald Miller for the better part of 15 years, and this is his most practical work yet. This is more about business generally, but I’ve found it to be apply to my writing business and how I should market to potential customers.
Joanna Penn’s Successful Self-Publishing (***+): If you’re interested in authoring books, this is a must-read, whether you’re going to publish independently or traditionally.
Austin Kleon’s Steal Like an Artist (***): An interesting book about how we can develop our creativity.
Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art(***): An interesting taking of fighting the Resistance that can keep us from doing our best and most meaningful work.
Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic (***+): An interesting read about where creativity comes from and how to use it so you don’t lose it.
Honoree Corder and Ben Hale’s Write, Publish, & Market Like a Boss (***): If you’re looking to do any writing and independent publishing, this is a good resource.
Other Notable Books:
Marion Roach Smith’s The Memoir Project (***)
Tim Grahl’s Your First 1000 Copies (***)
Jeff Goins’ Real Artists Don’t Starve (***)
James Scott Bell’s How to Make a Living as a Writer (***+)