Books for Beginning Writers

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With so many books for writers out there -- particularly for the beginning writer -- it can be hard to know where to start. These reviews of some classic and recent books for writers will help you decide which ones are right for you at this stage of your writing life.

  • The Artist's Way

    Author: Julia Cameron
    Publisher: Tarchere
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    If you're anxious about reconnecting with your creativity, The Artist's Way will help you investigate the reasons behind that anxiety. Seven years ago, I followed Julia Cameron's program as a student. Returning to it now, I found that my impressions had not changed.

  • Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

    Author: Anne Lamott
    Publisher: Knopf
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    Anne Lamott's funny and down-to-earth advice guide beginning writers through the difficulties of the writing life.
  • Novel and Short Story Writer's Market

    Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
    When you're ready to start trying to publish your work, this indispensable resource will guide you through the process.
  • On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

    Author: Stephen King
    Publisher: Scribner

    Stephen King offers insight into how a writer is formed and how one persists over time. Further, King's ideas on craft and technique are astute and practical -- perfect for beginning writers.

  • Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within

    Author: Natalie Goldberg
    Publisher: Shambhala

    In her classic 1986 text on writing, Natalie Goldberg draws from her experience both as a Zen practitioner and a writer, emphasizing both discipline and rule-breaking.