Becoming a Writer, by Dorothea Brande
Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott
Deep Writing, by Eric Maisel
If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence & Spirit, by Brenda Ueland One of my all-time favorites. I would love to have been friends with this woman. Read this if you want to break through to deep, authentic writing – and living.
Letters to a Young Poet, by Rainer Maria Rilke
The Midnight Disease: The Drive to Write, Writer’s Block, and the Creative Brain, by Alice W. Flaherty
On Writing Well, by William Zinsser
One Continuous Mistake: Four Noble Truths for Writers, by Gail Sher Approaches writing as practice and as a discipline; excellent, especially if you are into Zen or other types of meditation.
A Room of One’s Own, by Virginia Woolf
Rumors of Water: Thoughts on Creativity & Writing, by L.L. Barkat
The Tao of Writing, by Ralph L. Wahlstrom
Wabi Sabi for Writers, by Richard R. Powell
The Writer’s Portable Mentor, by Priscilla Long
The Writer’s Workout, by Christina Katz A kind of “bible,” you can read a page a day. This is what you need to know to be a writer, now, in these bewildering times as publishing transforms itself.
The Writing Life, by Annie Dillard
There is no one quite like her. Honest, self-revealing, no holding back. Challenges you to go to places within yourself you don’t want to go, which can transform your writing and creative work.
Wild Mind: Living the Writer’s Life
Writing Down the Bones
Old Friend from Far Away: The Practice of Writing Memoir
MEMOIR & PERSONAL ESSAY
Crafting the Personal Essay, by Dinty W. Moore
Fearless Confessions: A Writer’s Guide to Memoir, by Sue William Silverman Outstanding, especially if you are writing about difficult personal circumstances.
The Made-Up Self: Impersonation in the Personal Essay, by Carl H. Klaus
The Situation and the Story: The Art of Personal Narrative, by Vivian Gornick
Writing Life Stories, by Bill Roorbach, with Kristen Keckler, Ph.D.
Your Life as Story, by Tristine Rainer An excellent book if you want to learn how to set up a scene, beat by emotional beat, and construct a long form narrative arc. One of my most valuable memoir resources.