Hi there, Word Rebels.

Here are five books that will totally transform the way you think about your craft and how you see yourself as a writer:

1. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

This book is filled with humorous anecdotes from the best-selling author’s life as well as straightforward advice for writers. The included sample edits and “toolbox” section of the book are especially helpful. A must-read for every fiction author. 

2. Authorphobia: Laugh at Your Fear of Writing: Tell Your Writing Phobia to Suck It! by Steve Windsor

A funny, brutal book that will chase your fears down and exterminate them one-by-one. You won’t know what hit you after reading it!

3. Invisible Ink: A Practical Guide to Building Stories that Resonate by Brian McDonald

Praised by writers Andrew Stanton (Toy Story, Finding Nemo, WALL-E) and Paul Feig (Ghostbusters, Spy, Freaks and Geeks), this eye-opening guide will show you how to convey stories that will stand the test of time by first breaking down the stories you already know and love. (It will completely change the way you watch movies.) A necessary tool for all storytellers.

4. Hooked: Write Fiction that Grabs Readers at Page One and Never Lets Them Go by Les Edgerton

This book puts the spotlight on your novel’s opening scene and inciting incident. It is filled with practical advice on not only how to hook your audience at the beginning of your book but also how to maintain their attention throughout the rest of the story.

5. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamont

A witty and honest book on not only how to write well but also how to live well. One of the chapters in this book is titled “Sh**ty First Drafts”. Enough said.

I hope you check them out! If I had to pick just one, it would definitely be Stephen King’s On Writing. It’s a must-have for all writers, new and old.

– Red aka The Word Rebel

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