If you're interested in becoming a writer, then you need to do your research. Writing isn't enough. You have to read, too. Here are a few books for women who want to become authors:
1. On Writing by Stephen King
Stephen King is one of the most well-known authors in the entire world. That's why he's the best person to go to for writing advice. Of course, this book is filled with more than tips for future authors. It's also a memoir, where King explains how he got to the place where he is today. So if you're interested in learning more about writing while learning more about King's life, you need to pick up a copy of this book.
2. How to Write Bestselling Fiction by Dean Koontz
You might not have heard of Dean Koontz before, but you should have. He's a pretty big name in the writing business. He's written works like Odd Thomas, Watchers, and Intensity. He's sold more than 25 million copies of his own books, which means he's someone you can definitely learn a lot from. In this book, "You'll learn how to structure a story for greatest reader appeal, how to provide depth of characterization without slowing the pace, and how to recognize and use the sort of theme that is timely and appealing."
3. The Elements of Style by E.B. White and William Strunk
If you're serious about writing, then this book is a must have. Any writer will tell you that. It contains commonly misused words, commonly misspelled words, and elementary rules of usage. Basically, it contains all of the basics.
4. Writing the Breakout Novel: Insider Advice for Taking Your Fiction to the Next Level by Donald Maass
This is written by a man who has written seventeen novels of his own and "now works as a literary agent representing such distinguished writers as Anne Perry and James Patterson." That's why he's a great person to go to for writing advice. After all, writing your novel is only part of the process. You have to sell it, too.
5. The War of Art: Break through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield
If you've had writer's block lately, then you should read this book. It "aims to help readers channel creative energy, unlock potential and overcome the fears that stop us from reaching our fullest potential."
6. Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury
You know who Ray Bradbury is. He wrote classic novels like Fahrenheit 451 and Something Wicked This Way Comes. This book contains "practical tips on the art of writing from a master of the craft-everything from finding original ideas to developing your own voice and style-as well as the inside story of Bradbury's own remarkable career as a prolific author of novels, stories, poems, films, and plays."
7. The Writing Life by Annie Dillard
Annie Dillard has written eleven books, all of which are worth reading. This book in particular "richly conveys the torturous, tortuous, and in rare moments, transcendent existence of the writer." If that's the life you want to live, then you should try reading this book.
If you read each of these books, you'll become a much better writer! Are you an aspiring author?