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The Best Books on Writing You’ll Ever Read

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Good writers read. If you want to become better at your craft and you’re not reading often, then you aren’t serious about improving.

Sorry.

The bottom line is this: Good writing comes from good reading. But someone can read a statement like that and get the wrong idea.

Not all books are created equal

If you can help it, don’t just read anything. You should spend your time reading the best books you can find. There is, after all, a lot of junk out there.

That said, I wouldn’t worry too much about reading the right books. Just get started. The act of reading anything (even romance novels) in and of itself will make you a better writer. I just want you to make the most of your reading time.

If you’re pinched for time, I recommend finding a good book list and going through it. You only have so many hours, and you want to spend them well.

So, let’s compile a reading list

Becoming a better writer isn’t just about learning grammar and and syntax. It’s not just about practice, either. It’s about becoming a well-rounded communicator — someone who knows the rules and understands how to break them.

So, without further ado, here are some of the best books on writing that I could come up with (after asking some friends):

What would you add to the list?

Recommended reading: The 10 Best Books About Writing [Paste Magazine]

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About Jeff Goins

I am the best-selling author of five books, including the national bestsellers The Art of Work and Real Artists Don't Starve. Each week, I send out a free newsletter with my best tips on writing, publishing, and helping your creative work succeed.

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