Whether you want to go-it-alone or work with a group, sooner or later you’ll want to consult successful writers and support organizations via their published books. I believe the following list (growing) will spotlight the best across a range of topics. If you have a favorite you would like to recommend to other writers, let me know (lindathewriter@gmail.com) and I’ll see what I can do to get it listed. No “vanity” books, please. Books listed here have a “track record” and have withstood the test of time. These books should be available for purchase/order at Auntie’s Bookstore as well as other book-selling sources.

Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest teacher of how to write.

Annie Proulx

“Long live the King” hailed Entertainment Weekly upon publication of Stephen King’s On Writing. Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer’s craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have. King’s advice is grounded in his vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer, from his struggling early career to his widely reported, near-fatal accident in 1999—and how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery. Brilliantly structured, friendly and inspiring, On Writing will empower and entertain everyone who reads it—fans, writers, and anyone who loves a great story well told.

A beloved classic, this definitive volume on the art of writing nonfiction celebrates its thirtieth anniversary.

On Writing Well, which grew out of a course that William Zinsser taught at Yale, has been praised for its sound advice, its clarity, and for the warmth of its style. It is a book for anybody who wants to learn how to write or who needs to do some writing to get through the day, as almost everybody does. Whether you want to write about people or places, science and technology, business, sports, the arts, or about yourself in the increasingly popular memoir genre, On Writing Well offers you both fundamental principles as well as the insights of a distinguished practitioner. With over a million copies in print, this volume has stood the test of time and remains a valued resource for writers and would-be writers.

More Classics

Natalie Goldberg is the author of ten books. Writing Down the Bones, her first, has sold over one million copies and has been translated into twelve languages. Originally released in 1986, this expanded version was released in 2016. For more information: https://www.auntiesbooks.com/book/9781611803082

How-To’s By Successful Authors

For many writers, the biggest challenge is figuring out how to take that earliest glimmer of inspiration and shape it into a full-length novel. How do you even begin to transform a single idea into a complete book? In these pages, award-winning, number one New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth George takes us behind the scenes through each step of her writing process, revealing exactly what it takes to craft a novel. Details: https://www.auntiesbooks.com/book/9781984878335

Books About Genre Writing

In 2004, the words of advice that Tony Hillman shared with his followers were included in this important discussion of his unique mysteries, including a narrative, an interview, a mini-Chee mystery and wonderful drawings. For details, check this link: https://www.auntiesbooks.com/book/9780826335111

About Words & Language

The ultimate tool for writers!
Far from an ordinary word list, each entry in this book is organized by meaning and offers a list of compelling word choices that relate to the ideas you’d like to use. Filled with thousands of unique and compelling words, this book will help you find inspiration, expand your vocabulary, and create one-of-a-kind sentences for any writing assignment. Details: https://www.auntiesbooks.com/book/9781440573118

About Grammar & Punctuation