Writing Resources: The Best Writing Books and Tools

Writing is about more than putting pen to paper. With these additional writing resources, you can get feedback on your writing, learn to be a better writer, understanding the craft and many more.


  • Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction, Patricia Highsmith
  • Writing, Marguerite Duras
  • About Writing, Samuel R. Delany
  • The Art of Memoir, Mary Karr
  • Zen in the Art of Writing, Ray Bradbury
  • From Where You Dream: The Process of Writing Fiction, Robert Olen Butler
  • Aspects of the Novel, E.M. Forster
  • Steering the Craft: A 21st-Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story, Ursula K. Le Guin
  • The Writing of Fiction, Edith Wharton
  • This Year You Write Your Novel, Walter Mosley
  • Letters to a Young Writer, Colum McCann
  • What It Is, Lynda Barry
  • The Faith of a Writer: Life, Craft, Art, Joyce Carol Oates
  • Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life, Dani Shapiro
  • Rules for the Dance: A Handbook for Writing and Reading Metrical Verse, Mary Oliver
  • Ron Carlson Writes a Story, Ron Carlson
  • Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction, Jeff VanderMeer
  • On Writing, Stephen King
  • On Writing, Eudora Welty
  • Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction, Benjamin Percy
  • Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them, Francine Prose
  • The Writing Life, Annie Dillard

Videos and Courses



  • David Perell – The Online Writing Roadmap
    • THE BASICS FINDING GREAT IDEAS How to Learn on the Internet: Tell me what you pay attention to, and I’ll tell you who you are. In this post, I outline my strategy for learning for the internet. Where the Wild Things Are: It’s a law of the universe: Creativity always starts at the edge. If you want to find interesting ideas, you have to escape the mainstream spotlight. How to Maximize Creativity: Creativity can’t be created directly, but it can be cultivated. Turns out, there are a simple set of tricks you can use to maximize your creativity.
    • BUILDING THE WRITING HABIT The Magic Moment: This post answers the question: “When should you start writing?” In it, I argue that you should start writing right when you have an epiphany because the moment right after an epiphany is the only moment in the creative process where the rush of enthusiasm trumps the fear of judgment. How to Cure Writer’s Block: **By the time you finish this article, you’ll be done with writer’s block forever. In it, I focus on three strategies for ending writer’s block: (1) gather supplies, (2) talk it out, and (3) start with abundance.
    • THE CRAFT OF WRITING My Writing System: In this post, I outline the system I use to generate articles, organize them, and prepare them for publishing. I share my basic rules for writing and editing, such as switching context and adding a list of banned words. Robert Caro’s Writing Secrets: Robert Caro’s is the world’s greatest biographer. Never, never, never in a million years did I think I would read a 1,200 page — 700,000-word — window into the politics of New York. But first-rate writing is seductive, no matter the topic. Facts alone aren’t enough. They’re too black-and-white. Readers yearn for images and anecdotes that make the information pop. For facts to stick in the reader’s mind, they must be enriched by colorful stories. Aided by subtle visuals and roller coaster narratives, Caro brings his biographies to life. That’s Robert Caro’s secret: he unlocks the electricity of sight.


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By Samyak

Russian melancholy/Derek Parfit/Doris Lessing/B.R. Ambedkar/Franz Kafka/Sol Lewitt/every film by Satoshi Kon/poetry + writing + a lot of other things.

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