Whether you’re a full-fledged author, aspiring writer or looking for a gift for a writer you might know, there seems to be an endless supply of books on the subject. There are how-to books on fiction, nonfiction, screenwriting and freelance writing, as well as books that cover writing in a more generalized way, offering inspiration and encouragement for writers of any level. No matter what kind of writing you’re interested in, these books will help get those creative juices flowing. Here are five books every aspiring writer must read.
1. “On Writing” by Stephen King
Best known for his penchant for all things horror, Stephen King’s literary genius also segues into the art of writing itself. Part memoir, part how-to, King breaks down writing into the most basic principles, quite simply to “read a lot, write a lot.” He chronicles his early life and childhood, talks frankly about the stacks of rejection letters he collected when he first started out, and leads us along his path of eventual success, all with a humility and grace that shows us with perseverance, it is possible to make those dreams come true.