One of the best ways to improve your writing is reading the works of others. Luckily we found the top 10 books that will help you hone your craft, no matter how long you’ve been at it.


20 Master Plots by Ronald B. Tobias

In this classic, Ronald Tobias goes into detail of 20 different time-tested plots. He speaks to why some tales gain so much influence and power and analyzes each so your own story can be just as big of a hit.


On Writing by Stephen King

Stephen King’s million-copy bestseller On Writing is helpful and eye opening to any writer. The book goes into detail about the author’s life, writing habits and experiences. Readers will learn his view of the writer’s craft and basic tools that he thinks every writer must have.


1001 Ways to Market Your Book by John Kremer

If you’ve ever wondered to yourself what you could do to help your book sales, here’s your answer. In John Kremer’s classic book, you will learn 1001 different ways to become an active part of your book’s marketing plan.


The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White

If you don’t already have this, you need it. This timeless style manual is filled with grammatical, compositional and usage dos and don’ts that are necessities for anyone who writes.


Ernest Hemingway on Writing edited by Larry W. Phillips

Though Hemingway believed it was bad luck to talk about your writing, it didn’t stop him from sharing thoughts with friends and writing essays on the subject. This book contains a compilation of Hemingway’s own reflections on writing, the advice he offered to writers and his wisdom to help anyone become a better writer.


Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg

This book offers inspiration to seasoned writers and aspiring ones to delve into their creative sides when writing. Natalie Goldberg’s’ handbook offers suggestions, advice and encouragement through each step of the writing process, from first thoughts of a story to choosing where you should complete your novel.


Sell Your Book Like Wildfire: The Writer’s Guide to Marketing and Publicity by Rob Eager

Marketing expert Rob Eager shares inside tips to authors about how to increase sales, build your a brand to help your book stand out, connect with influencers and create fans that rave on social media. This guide will become your book’s new best friend.


You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One) by Jeff Goins

Jeff Goins shares his own story of overcoming his insecurity, what it took to become a professional writer and how anyone else can too. This book offers advice on what it takes to be a writer in the 21st century, from the importance of social media to tips for landing freelance opportunities.


The Book On Writing by Paula LaRocque

America’s foremost writing coach Paula LaRocque shares her top tips in this distinguished guide. This book contains topics ranging from how to actually tell a story and dealing with roadblocks to becoming a grammar master.

The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide To Character Expression by Angela Ackerman

Your days of figuring out how to convey emotion in characters are over. This guide offers tips and tricks on how to bring characters to life. By offering advice on possible body language cues, thoughts, and other responses for over 75 different emotions, this book will make any author’s writings come to life.