**THIS IS A GUEST POST. The opinions expressed are that of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect my own.
Writing skills are not given to everyone, but you can always try yourself in this role. Our selection of 15 popular books will help answer this question. They are addressed to aspiring writers, screenwriters, journalists, copywriters, and anyone else who wants to improve their writing.
- Karen Behnke “Write More! A Beginning Writer’s Guide”
The author suggests that you don’t get hung up on boring academic rules, but rather let your imagination run wild and play with words, thought forms, rhymes, sizes, and ideas.
- Austin Cleon “Steal an artist”
Nothing original is the author’s basic discovery, which, oddly enough, gives him complete freedom to express himself creatively.
- Ayn Rand “The Art of Fiction. A Guide for Writers and Readers”
This book is the published version of Ayn Rand’s unofficial course of lectures given in her own living room in 1958. It was the year that marked the publication of Atlas Shrugged, when Rand was at the height of her creative form as a novelist.
- James N. Frey “How to Write a Genius Detective”
A textbook by Edgar Poe Award nominee and renowned novelist and educator James N. Fray, who teaches the basics of writing at the University of California.
- Barbara Minto “The Pyramid Principle”
The book fills a shortage of the universal techniques of compelling business documents. It is devoted to the lost ability to logically and irresistibly build a system of arguments in writing and effectively present it to business partners and colleagues.
- Blake Snyder “Save the Cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need”
How to create a script with good commercial potential, bright characters and memorable title? Snyder shares his author’s ideas, his unusual classification of movie genres and the structure of scripts that most successful films fit into.
- Julia Cameron “The Right to Write: An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life”
Cameron offers many fascinating exercises and guidelines that she has tried out.
- Chris Baty “The No Plot? No Problem! Novel-Writing Kit”
This practical guide will be useful both for the novice novelist who can’t get his pen over paper in any way, and for the results-oriented writer who would like to discover his or her way into the publishing world.
- Natalie Goldberg “The Essential Writer’s Notebook”
This book offers tips on how to deal with inner resistance, lack of ideas, procrastination, and all the other difficulties that every writer faces.
- Robert McKee “Dialogue: The Art of Verbal Action for Stage, Page and Screen”
This book is a primer for screenwriters, but will undoubtedly be useful to public relations professionals, marketers, and anyone who would like to learn how to tell an interesting and, most importantly, compelling story.
- Ray Bradbury “Zen in the Art of Writing”
Bradbury looks at the world through the eyes of a man of experience, but also of irony. Thus, one of the chapters of the book is called “How to Hold and Feed the Muse.” By the way, the answer to this question is in the book, and it is simple – to hold the Muse, you have to live with passion and love life, listen to it and to yourself.
- Stephen King “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft”
This is perhaps the most unusual of the author’s books, with biographical, memoir motifs juxtaposed not only with reflections on the craft of writing, but also with “professional advice for those who want to write like Stephen King.”
- William Zinsser “On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Non-Fiction”
One of the most popular and authoritative books on writing: it has survived 30 reprints and sold over a million copies. It is a book about how to write articles, essays, blogs and entire books in an entertaining, vivid and lucid way.
- Umberto Eco “Confessions of a Young Novelist”
This reading can powerfully increase the literary competence of the aspiring author, because Umberto Eco appeals not only to his own, but also to the world’s literary experience.
- Gianni Rodari “The Grammar of Fantasy: An Introduction to the Art of Inventing Stories”
The author as if dissects the process of composing, reveals its origins and laws of existence. He does not hide anything and generously shares with the reader specific methods, techniques to enhance expressiveness, means of creating memorable images, formulas for building compelling stories.
About the author;
Jean S. Hartley has been working as a project lead for an IT company for over 7 years. She also manages to lead freelance projects as a content writer. Jean is the right person if you are looking for someone to write my essay for me.