NaNoWriMo Prep: 5 Books For Writers On Writing

5 Books For Writers on Writing #NaNoWriteMo

As November approaches, my social media feeds are full of excitement and preparation for National Novel Writing Month also affectionately known as NaNoWriMo. Those who join NaNoWriMo pledge to write a novel during the month of November. That’s 50,000 words! Some of our very own From Left to Write members are participating so I asked them to share their favorite books on writing.

Whether you’re participating inNaNoWriMo or writing on your own time frame, here are some books for writers that our book club members recommend:

On Writing by Stephen King was highly recommended by our members. King’s book is part memoir, part master class for writers. Nancy from The Real Nani describes the book as “fabulous and funny.”

Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg. Goldberg has written many books to cheer on writers, but her first is still a classic. She believes that the writing practice is similar to Zen meditation.

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott is a recommendation from member Cindy Fey of We All Fall Down. In her book, Lamott offers a step-by-step guide on how to write and manage a writer’s life. I might have to add this book to my shelf!


The Daily Writer: 366 Meditations to Cultivate a Productive and Meaningful Writing Life by Fred White delivers exactly what the title declares.  This book is great for those who need a little push to make writing part of their daily routine. It offers writing prompts which come in handy when you’re not sure where to start.

The Artist’s Way by Julie Cameron is a classic and must have for any creative person’s bookshelf. While Cameron focuses on writers, her philosophy and techniques can work for other creative disciplines.

Are you participating in NaNoWriMo?What are your favorite books on writing?

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