Advice from authors/writers...

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, by Stephen King

King explains how he came to be a writer, how he writes, and what you need to do as a writer. This informal book is part autobiographical and part advice.

The Successful Novelist: Lessons from a Lifetime of Writing and Publishing, by David Morrell

Part autobiographical and part advice, Morrell provides a guide to writing and publishing.

The Writing Life, by Annie Dillard

A glimpse into the writing life of the author, Annie Dillard.

The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers, by John Gardner

A classic guide from the author explaining how to write well.

Struggling to get started (or got stuck), some help and inspiration...

Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within, by Natalie Goldberg

Bringing together writing and meditation, Goldberg brings her own unique style to writing practice.

Naked, Drunk and Writing: Shed Your Inhibitions and Craft a Compelling Memoir or Personal Essay, by Adair Lara

Struggling to get your memoir started? Lara will guide you through writing about the person you know best and getting it published.

Daily Rituals: How Great Minds Make Time, Find Inspiration, and Get to Work, by Mason Currey

How do others do it? Find out about the working routines of over 160 philosophers, writers, composers, and artists – fascinating!

Page after Page: Discover the Confidence & Passion You Need to Start Writing & Keep Writing (No Matter What!), by Heather Sellers

‘You Are a Writer—Believe It! False starts. Self-doubt. Mind games. They end the moment you pick up this book. With an inspiring mix of humor, wisdom, and creativity, Page After Page shows you how to find the courage and commitment to start writing and keep writing.’

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles, by Steven Pressfield

Pressfield aims to help you break down the barriers to successful writing.

The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity, by Julia Cameron

A 12-week programme to unlock your creativity.

A Writer’s Guide to Persistence: How to Create a Lasting and Productive Writing Practice, by Jordan Rosenfeld

Advice and techniques for writing to guide you through to publication and success.

On how to write...

On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction, by William Zinsser

‘It is a book for everybody who wants to learn how to write or who needs to do some writing to get through the day, as almost everybody does in the age of e-mail and the Internet.’

The Art of Fiction, by David Lodge

Easy to dip in and out, this book is a collection of articles on different areas of fiction and providing an overview of how fiction works.

Plot and Structure: Techniques and Exercises for Crafting and Plot That Grips Readers From Start To Finish, by James Scott Bell

‘Filled with plot examples from popular novels, comprehensive checklists, and practical hands-on guidance, Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure gives you the skills you need to approach plot and structure like an experienced pro.’

Your Book Starts Here: Create, Craft, and Sell Your First Novel, Memoir, or Nonfiction Book, by Mary Carroll Moore

‘... the ultimate guide on crafting a book in any genre.’

Save the Cat: The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need, by Blake Snyder

'This ultimate insider's guide reveals the secrets that none dare admit, told by a show biz veteran who's proven that you can sell your script if you can save the cat!'

Story Engineering: Mastering the 6 Core Competencies of Successful Writing, by Larry Brooks

Learn about the engineering and design of a story to ensure that your storytelling is effective. This book describes six core aspects of a story that combine and work together for success. ‘And the best part? Anyone can do it!’

Crafting The Personal Essay: A Guide for Writing and Publishing Creative Non-Fiction, by Dinty Moore

A guide to essay writing with exercises and examples.

Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content, by Ann Handley

‘... Ann Handley gives expert guidance and insight into the process and strategy of content creation, production and publishing, with actionable how-to advice designed to get results.’

On the English language...

The Curious Case of the Misplaced Modifier: How to Solve the Mysteries of Weak Writing, by Bonnie Trenga

In a fun solve-the-mystery format, ‘learn what really leads to good writing in this easy-to-use and friendly book’.

The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century, by Steven Pinker

‘What is the secret of good prose? Does writing well even matter in an age of instant communication? Should we care? In this funny, thoughtful book about the modern art of writing, Steven Pinker shows us why we all need a sense of style.’

Dealing with critique...

The Pursuit of Perfection: And How it Harms Writers, by Kristine Kathryn

Kathryn offers advice on dealing with critique of your writing.

Getting published...

Writer’s Market 2017: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published, edited by Robert Lee Brewer

‘Want to get published and paid for your writing? Let Writer's Market 2017 guide you through the process with thousands of publishing opportunities for writers, including listings for book publishers, consumer and trade magazines, contests and awards, and literary agents.’