When putting pen to paper, the experience sounds much more straightforward than it is, especially if you’re a novice in the ancient art of writing!
The well-known saying of ‘Every beginning is difficult.‘ is undoubtedly true. What is also true is that, for a rookie writer, not only starting out, but the entire process is going to be quite tricky throughout.
It is no reason to get discouraged, of course, as even the best writers in the world were once, well, not as skillful as they became later on. What’s more, some of them also wrote a book about the art of writing itself, and how they shaped themselves up to become the world-renown story-tellers that they are!
In this article, we’ve gathered around eight books about the art of writing itself penned by famous authors.
Read on and decide yourself which title seems the most helpful for your literary voyage!
8 Books To Make You a Better Writer
1) ‘On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft’ – Stephen King
Representing a curious blend of autobiography and a series of tips for young writers, Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft is a one-of-a-kind book that can be of massive help to a young writer.
Through narrating his personal experiences and trials and errors of becoming a writer, King explains what areas of the trade are essential to improve and how to build your voice from scratch!
2) ‘Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity’ – Ray Bradbury
Combining more than ten essays on various topics related to writing, Ray Bradbury’s ‘Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity’ represents his ode to the art of writing.
The entire book is strewn with impassioned passages where Bradbury exhibits his love of the writing trade, as well as describes how to get inspired for putting pen to paper!
3) ‘Letters to a Young Poet’ – Rainer Maria Rilke
In the period between 1902 and 1908, a young want-to-be writer called Franz Xaver Kappus wrote a series of letters to then already massively-popular poet Rainer Maria Rilke in which he asked him about whether or not to become a writer.
He got ten responses from the famous poet and ultimately published the exchange in 1929. In the letters, Rilke wrote about the perception of criticism, the issues of loneliness as well as about the career choices- the topic that interested Kappus the most.
4) ‘On Writing’ – Ernest Hemingway
Initially written as the ending of his short story Big Two-Hearted River, Hemingway On Writing was ultimately excluded from the story altogether but later published in a different collection of stories after his death.
This excerpt talks about a man going on a fishing trip where he ponders his memories of past events and eventually starts thinking about the art of writing. The event describes a bout of sudden inspiration, which is something any writer can relate to!
Bottom line, writing is a demanding trade that requires time, effort and dedication. If you’re only starting out and are struggling to find your voice, don’t worry, for all the best writers initially did. Meantime, learn more about what some famous authors had to say about the craft of writing, read these four books and draw your conclusions.
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