Top 5 books for learning how to write

Sometimes it is easier to feel motivated and inspired to write a story when you have an idea of where to start. That is why books guiding the writer on how to compose a great piece of work are great for starting and completing that novel, short story, or poem. Here is a review of the top five books on how to write, which are sure to develop your style in a subtle yet effective manner and introduce you to the writing world.

1.     The Elements of Style by William Strunk and E.B. White

This book is brilliant for anyone who is interested in how the technical side of writing can affect a writer’s style, such as the use of elementary rules of language, as well the principles of composition, and words and expressions that are commonly misused. “No book in a shorter space, with fewer words, will help any writer more than this persistent little volume.” – The Boston Guide

2.     Writing to learn by William Zinsser

The title sums up the book’s philosophy, if you want to be a good writer then writing should be part of your daily routine. Zinsser also provides a wide variety of crisp, clear and stylish writing samples from various disciplines, and claims that fancy words don’t necessarily mean a good story.

3.     The Writer’s Journey by  Christopher Vogler

An absolute must-read for anyone who is seeking some inspiration to become a writer. From Harry Potter, to Lord of the Rings and to Star Wars, Vogler tells the unique and often tough journeys of world famous writers’ paths to success.  It is a deeply moving book for those who want to write timeless fiction.

4.     Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell

If you want to learn some techniques and exercises to help you with the ins and outs of developing a plot then this would be the book for you. Bell explores how plot influences structure and looks at the art of developing complex plots, how to revise plots and how to solve plot problems. Not only is he a bestselling and award winning suspense writer, but he also makes sure that by the time you have finished reading the book you will be convinced that anyone, including you, can learn to craft a good plot.

5.     A Writer’s Guide To Staying Out Of The Rejection Pile by Noah Lukeman

Lukeman, a New York literary agent, gives an in depth account of how to avoid rejection from a publisher by learning how to convince the overworked literary agent that your book has outstanding qualities. This book is invaluable not only for writers from all types of genres, but also for journalists, poets and screenwriters.

By Ivelina Dineva

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