5 Books Every Aspiring Writer Should Read

03 Apr 2019


The well-known author, Stephen King, famously said: “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”

As with any profession, the more writers can study their craft and learn from professionals, the better they will be. But, are all books treated equally? Or are there certain literary works that are more beneficial to honing one’s craft?

While there are a multitude of good books that can teach you different words, styles, and ways of writing, we have come up with a list of 5 great books that we feel every aspiring writer should read:

  1. 1. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King:

    Best known for causing pure terror among his readers, it is no secret that King is a master at his craft. In this fantastic memoir, the author tells stories of his experiences as a writer, while providing some valuable advice for those hoping to follow in his footsteps.

  2. 2. Ernest Hemmingway on Writing, edited by Larry W. Phillips:

    While Hemmingway never actually wrote a book giving writing advice, he did share his insights about the topic in various commissioned articles and letters to his publishers, agents, and friends. Those insights have been complied into this great book, which is a true inspiration for aspiring writers and professionals alike.

  3. 3. Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury:

    The author, best known for his book Fahrenheit 451, wrote this inspirational piece about the lessons he has learned during his long and successful career. While Bradbury primarily writes science-fiction, this book provides some great advice for all writers, regardless of preferred genre.

  4. 4. The Elements of Style byWilliam Strunk Jr. and E.B. White:

    This is “must-read” for anyone who wishes to make a living as a writer. This well-known writing guide is a valuable source for teaching aspiring writers how to communicate clearly and effectively in their writing.

  5. 5. Letters to a Young Writer by Colum McCann:

    This brilliant book by Colum McCann is a collective “how to” guide on becoming a writer. From writing dialogue and developing characters, to finding an agent and publishing, this book is full of invaluable advice for aspiring writers.

Jennifer Rizzo 
Jennifer Rizzo is a Denver based writer with a background in Healthcare, International Tour Management, Genealogical Research, and a passion for travel and languages. She studied Spanish at the University of Guadalajara in Guadalajara, Mexico and also lived and studied in Ancona, Italy. After spending nearly a decade working in the health care field, Jennifer has a well-rounded knowledge of hospital functionality, medical terminology, and disease processes. She has extended work experience with government medical benefits as well as Social Security law, which has allowed her to fine-tune her ability to sort through large amounts of medical records, research, and data, and turn that information into well written reports and case briefs. Since joining The Writers for Hire, Jennifer has written on vast array of topics and has done many in-depth ancestry research and family history projects. She has worked as Project Manager for various client websites, family history books, and RFPs, as well as other projects. She enjoys working closely with clients, and loves any opportunity that allows her to indulge her creative side.

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