Writing, like every other profession, requires information to thrive. This information, often gotten from reading, is broad. Although writers love to devour books in their areas of expertise, a certain type that is neglected is ‘’SELF HELP’’.
Self-help books are a compilation of information, meant to aid people in specific areas. Ranging from psychology, spirituality, education to sex, parenting, and marriage -the subjects they provide solutions for are limitless. There’s a self-help book for nearly everything. And, writing isn’t excluded.
Interestingly, writers’ self-help books are in different categories. For instance, there are some for sentence construction and some for business writing ethics. They also come in different sizes and costs too. Here are ten self-help books for writers:
1. 100 WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR WRITING BY GARY PROVOST
How should a writer improve consistently? What makes the works of famous writers special? In this book, Gary Provost breaks down some guidelines and teachings into a hundred solid points.
Not only are the guidelines fascinating, but they are also taught in a relatable manner. They are categorized into chapters like these;
- Nine ways to improve your writing when you’re not writing
- Nine ways to overcome writer’s block
- Five ways to write a strong beginning
- Nine ways to save time and energy
- Ten ways to develop a style
- Twelve ways to give your word power
- Eleven ways to make people like what you write
- Ten ways to avoid grammatical errors
- Six ways to avoid punctuation errors
- Twelve ways to avoid making your reader hate you
- Seven ways to edit yourself
Gary provost is a teacher of writing and an author of over one thousand stories. This book is a guide for amateurs and professionals in writing fields like content creation, content writing, blogging, and book publishing. It should be on every writer’s shelf for centuries.
It is available in bookstores.
2. CREATIVE WRITING: FROM THINK TO INK BY SIMEON LINDSTORM
This book will make you almost question why you are who you are. Chapters like DESIRE-THE ROOT OF CREATIVITY and HAVING THE GUTS TO SAY SOMETHING will evoke inquisition. Other chapters will most likely make you pause and self-evaluate.
Primarily, the goal of this book is to help writers understand why they write, as well as to take charge of their writing life, confidently. It is for people who doubt their stance in writing, people who lack self-esteem, and the ones who need to understand the innards of writing.
Available in bookstores.
3. BUSINESS WRITING FOR DUMMIES BY NATALIE CANAVOR
New to business writing? Natalie would guide you. In this book, you’d learn how to write emails, business letters, reports, resumes, and other boring business documents properly.
Though she teaches all of these in a fun and exciting manner.
Reading her book is almost like you’re watching a Netflix series or driving on a subway. Analytically, she designed icons in the book to guide readers. Take a look at them below:
After reading the book, your perspective on business writing would likely change and you’d write more actively than passively.
Available in bookstores.
4. SCREENWRITING 101 BY PROFESSOR ANGUS FLETCHER
Angus, a professor of English and Film was expressive in this book. He explained scriptwriting in layman terms and illustrated it remarkably.
His descriptions were done so vividly that you would almost assume you have written your first script already. What’s more is Angus’ teaching skills that reflects in the way he analyzed some movies like the game of thrones, the Simpsons, and Grey’s Anatomy. See below an excerpt:
This book is for beginners in scriptwriting. Grab a copy in bookstores.
5. The Secret Of Writing Captivating Tales by PETER RUBY AND GARY PROVOST
Gary provost makes an appearance again, yay! This time, he and Ruby explain some rudiments of storytelling. This book is almost similar to Screenwriting 101 in the aspect of description.
Ruby and provost cited a lot of examples and quoted works. It would appear as though they wrote to a younger brother or sister who was about to start a career in writing tales. They excitedly shared secrets that make some books captivating. With each turn, there are fresh revelations.
Read this book if you are keen on what makes stories come alive. It is available in bookstores.
6. How To Write Effective Business English by Fiona Talbot
Writing can be quite tricky, its forms demand different styles and English usage. While conversational tone fits stories, business writing requires formal English.
In this book, Fiona debunked common assumptions that business English has to be too formal. Her assertions were quite strong and backed with representations. For example, she dedicated a subchapter to explaining that “I” could be used in business writing.
The book is available in bookstores.
7. HOW TO MASTER PLOT DEVELOPMENT BY MAKING MONDAY MILD
Developing a plot in a story is a craft and this book was developed like a plot. Gently, the writer guided readers from defining what a plot is, to its elements and other characteristics.
One of the outstanding aspects of this book is its internal designs and pictures. See below an excerpt:
Furthermore, it is suitable for writers who want to understand the intricacies of a plot. It’s free and has only about twenty-three pages. Read it here.
8. Unlimited Content Ideas Generator by DEV MATHARIA
This is a content creator’s guide. It’s a combination of notes and templates. Dev is a content creation teacher on Instagram and this is a freebie of his.
On the one hand, it is suitable for all writers who create/curate content, allowing them to explore. On the other hand, it’s a feasibility study guide everyone should have.
It’s a free book with about twenty-two pages. Get it here.
9. How To Generate Story Ideas By Rita George
Rita George, founder of Making Monday mild wrote this small book of about twenty-five pages for young writers who need to generate ideas for stories. First, she highlighted areas to curate ideas from and how to save them.
Second, she illustrated a pictorial representation of her points clearly. See excerpt below.
This book is another freebie of hers. Get it here.
10. The CRAFT AND BUSINESS OF WRITING BY EDITORS OF WRITER’S DIGEST BOOKS
The editors of writer’s digest books compiled a guide for writers new to the business of writing. How do you get started in publishing? What does it entail? Can poetry be monetized? This books answers it all.
Also, this book was written in a digestible format, the writers have been in the publishing industry for years. So, they ensured to explain the roots of book publishing and monetization of writing.
Read this book if you want to monetize writing. It is available in bookstores.