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5 Effectual Books To Turbocharge Your Writing

The idyllic aspirational dreams and expectations of tyro writers waiting to step into the limelight can oftentimes meet a brutal end. These books written by pros who have walked the talk are your best bet to navigate the mines, improve your writing skills, and fulfill your limitless potential.

All good writers are avid readers. And regardless of how long you’ve been writing or how accomplished you are, there is always room to improve.

As such, if you’re going to read to absorb information for a project you’re working on and read to stay abreast of happenings around you, you may as well go the whole gamut to read about how you can become a better writer.

After all, it’d cost you only a few dollars and the nuggets you’d glean will most certainly be worth the time you’d invest as well. The book recommendations below do not only point out strategies and techniques to hone your writing skills, they also help you make sense of the unique challenges writers routinely encounter and how to deal with them effectively.

#1 You Can Be a Winning Writer by Joan Gelfand

Joan Gelfand has been teaching the 4 C's Approach to aspiring authors at book festivals and writer's conferences for the past ten years. She has helped writers around the country realize their dreams of becoming successfully published. From writing the first draft to building a reputation, the 4 C's discuss craft and commitment and give solid tips on how to build a literary community and a fan base. With a splash of humor, a dose of empathy and a volume of support, Joan's book includes real life anecdotes from famous and not so famous - but successful - authors. 

You Can Be A Winning Writer is the go-to book for writers just starting out, writers stalled after their first or second book, and students. More than just a book about writing skill, You Can Be A Winning Writer includes post-publication strategies; the mistakes that even the most talented prize-winning authors have made; how, with the help of the 4 C's, those same authors could have enjoyed greater success; and what it means to 'fire on all burners and work to develop each of the 4 C's simultaneously.

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Contributor: Christina McCall from Mango Media

  1. Thanks to all who up voted and are fans of “you can be a winning writer.” I’m here in Oaxaca, Mexico – giving a talk about the book tomorrow. More talks in SF soon – check the website: http://joangelfand.com/events

  2. A lot of engaging hints on how to increase productivity including using yr dreams! Suggestions on how to set up support systems and expand your circle.

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#2 The Writer’s Crucible by Philip Kenney

[This book] offers a psychological examination of obstacles that thwart the creative processes. Other creative writing books have addressed these issues; but Mr. Kenney's approach is different. It tackles self-reproach and the emotional challenges of putting pen to paper by discussing vulnerabilities from a psychotherapist's clinical viewpoint, providing assessments and insights that crack perfectionist tendencies and creativity-thwarting negativity. The fact that The Writer's Crucible holds much more than exercises or mediations and addresses the heart of what keeps a writer from being effective and meaningful makes it a top recommendation for writers who struggle to achieve their best against the barriers of anxiety, self-deprecation, and fear.

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Contributor: Maggie Allen from Inkwater Press 

  1. This book will not only help you unleash your creativity, it will point the way to living a braver, more fulfilling life. Highly recommended.

#3 On Writing Well by William Zinsser

On Writing Well by William Zinsser is one of the best books on writing nonfiction. This book is actually an interesting read and not simply a writer's manual. Zinsser simplifies the process of writing, what writers think about and how to put the pen on paper. But one of the best parts of this book is the section on editing. Concise is the word. When it comes to nonfiction writing, writers should delete the fluff, and he goes into detail on how to do just that.

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Contributor: Jessica L Moody at JessicaLMoody

#4 Writing with Style by John R. Trimble

Having read dozens of books on writing my clear choice is WRITING WITH STYLE by John Trimble. Reading the book makes it clear that Professor Trimble knows how to write and how to inspire others to become better writers. The book is easy and enjoyable to read You'll enjoy without even trying. The examples are plentiful, informative and helpful. And Trimble mentions many other books on writing that are equally helpful. The book is now in its third edition but any edition is a joy to read.

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Contributor: Judge Stuart Shiffman

#5 On Writing by Stephen King

Stephen King is one of the most creative and accomplished writers of this generation so it's safe to say he can probably teach you a thing or two about writing. In addition to sharing captivating and insightful experiences from his career, Stephen King also shares some of the most essential tips and advice for reading and writing.

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Contributor: Nate Masterson from Maple Holistics

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