My Favourite Writing Books


Below is my long (but not exhaustive!) list of favourite books on creativity and writing.

And here’s a link to my short list with a brief commentary on my top FIVE!


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

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, by Anne Lamott

Writing as a Way of Healing: How Telling Our Stories Transforms Our Lives, by Louise DeSalvo

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

If You Want to Write: A Book About Art, Independence, and Spirit, by Brenda Ueland

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, by Stephen King

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, by Elizabeth Gilbert 

Writing for Your Life: A Guide and Companion to the Inner Worlds, by Deena Metzger

The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity, by Julia Cameron 

Poem Crazy: Freeing Your Life With Words, by Susan Goldsmith Wooldridge

The Writing Life, by Annie Dillard 

The Writers Mentor: A Guide to Putting Passion on Paper, by Cathleen Rountree

Stirring the Waters: Writing to Find your Spirit, by Janell Moon 

Fearless Creating: A Step-by-Step Guide To Starting and Completing Your Work of Art, by Eric Maisel 

Writing the Wave: Inspired Rides for Aspiring Writers, by Elizabeth Ayres 

A Passion for Narrative: A Guide to Writing Fiction, by Jack Hodgins 

Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craftby Janet Burroway

Escaping into the Open: The Art of Writing True, by Elizabeth Berg