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5 Books to Read on Creative Writing Before You Start Writing

Artistic enough, are you? Let us start by reading some tricks to use before getting into the field. What best than to read a few books containing the wisdom of various writers who have already tried their hands in it, right? You should mull and muse and discover the new depths of your mind. Read till the sun comes down, keep dreaming till it comes back up again and never say never! Here are a handful of picks that would keep you motivated and guide you through the dark tunnel that some people call the writer’s block, while others simply call it a confused phase; read on or through many other phases of writing:


1) On Writing: A Memoir of the craft

This book is a must for every author. It gives us a chance to peep into the life of our besotted author Stephen King. To get you an insight into his world, I would better quote the man himself: “Writing isn't about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it's about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. It's about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy.”― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the craft. Period.


2) Wonderbook: The illustrated guide to creating imaginative fiction

Ever got tired of not being able to think of some new idea? Ever had doubts about your imagination skills? This book is specifically designed to find and unlock your box of surrealism. It contains myriad exercises, maps, charts, examples cited from various fantasy novels to provide you access to all these in one big bundle bound together for your sake only.


3) Find your voice

Trying to copy your favourite writer is a secret task that every writer must have done at least once in their career span. Most probably in the starting of it. However, carrying this habit forward for a long time is not a healthy one. You will start sounding fake and your audience will know that soon enough. Angie Thomas, the author of this brilliant book has the same opinion and she has explained it in great detail along with the remedies to improve your habit.


4) Self-editing for fiction writers

Editing a novel is same as trying to rebuild something marvellous out of a ramshackle of a building— that is what it might look like. But, originally, it is more concentrated but a lot less hounding than you had imagined. Take the guidance of the experienced people, or simply read this book written by two bright minds— Renni Browne and Dave King, and your life is all sorted!


5) Zen in the art of writing

Ray Bradbury needs no introduction. He is the jack of all trades when it comes to creative writing. From screenplays, short stories, poems, novels to film scripts— he has done it all. And not just his pieces of advice but the imagery he uses as examples to explain his points are so creative that one cannot but fall in love with this book and his writing style.


Why only to read and dismiss? Don’t just gulp down the food. You’re a hungry writer, but so is the audience. They are famished. Wanting to see, read and feel more of this parallel world any writer creates. Don’t pull up the curtains. Show them the circus. Make them laugh, cry, and grimace at every chapter of your book. Learn and get amazed at every section of your story that begins and ends. The book can end, the story can become just a part of their memory. But the feelings that were felt — should always linger in their minds, give them goosebumps, and let them feel connected. Make a collection of these books in your personal library, and you will keep coming back to them time and again!


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