As an aspiring writer, I’ve always been on the look-out for inspiration. And during writer’s block, I tend to read books that make me feel excited about writing again. These are some of them that have been suggested to me and that I am now 100% recommending to anyone who’s an aspiring writer or just really interested in the craft.

Stephen King’s “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft”

What better way to learn than from a serial bestseller author themselves? This book is Stephen King’s memoir that frames his life and shines light on the process that has earned him his success and was particularly interesting to read for me.
This book is a true inspiration to me, knowing how Stephen King gets up every day to write and just sits to read. The way writing makes him happy, I can totally resonate with that and he gives plenty reasons why it shall make me happy, too. Besides that, it’s also a pretty interesting biography to read. His writing cracks me up and fascinates me at the same time.

Dani Shapiro’s “Still Writing”

is partly a writing memoir and partly a craft book in which Shapiro encourages you to keep writing. Sometimes we just need a little push and inspiration to keep going. This book showcases what it means to be a writer which I thought was what I would need to read since I am yet to become one, most probably just part-time.

Anne Lamott’s “Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life”

This is a guidebook which treats every writer’s self-doubt with humour and equally, tenderness. This book is encouraging and gives sound advice, all leading to you becoming your best creative self.
My favourite line is “I don’t think you have the time to waste not writing because you are afraid you won’t be good at it.”

William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White’s “The Elements of Style”

A helpful gem for your story, a quick read that will help you write better crafts. Okay that sounded a bit too put-together, but it’s true. I keep flipping through this one and have found myself some kind of a mentor. This book was even recommended by Stephen King himself in his book on writing.

Which books do you read to get inspiration?

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