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Best Creative Writing Books That Will Hook You

Our list of some of the best Creative Writing books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

1. Writing Tools: 55 Essential Strategies for Every Writer (2008)

 Best Creative Writing Books That Will Hook YouTen years ago, Roy Peter Clark, America’s most influential writing teacher, whittled down almost thirty years of experience in journalism, writing, and teaching into a series of fifty short essays on different aspects of writing. In the past decade, Writing Tools has become a classic guidebook for novices and experts alike and remains one of the best loved books on writing available.Organized into four sections, “Nuts and Bolts,” “Special Effects,” “Blueprints for Stories,” and “Useful Habits,” Writing Tools is infused with more than 200 examples from journalism and literature….
Author(s): Roy Peter Clark

2. Writing Fiction: The Practical Guide from New York’s Acclaimed Creative Writing School (2003)

 Best Creative Writing Books That Will Hook YouGotham Writers’ Workshop has mastered the art of teaching the craft of writing in a way that is practical, accessible, and entertaining. Now the techniques of this renowned school are available in this book. Here you’ll find: – The fundamental elements of fiction craft-character, plot, point of view, etc.-explained clearly and completely – Key concepts illustrated with passages from great works of fiction – The complete text of “Cathedral” by Raymond Carver-a masterpiece of contemporary short fiction that is analyzed throughout the book – Exercises that let you immediately…
Author(s): Gotham Writers’ Workshop

3. The Making of a Story: A Norton Guide to Creative Writing (2010)

 Best Creative Writing Books That Will Hook YouA Los Angeles Times bestseller: wonderfully lucid and illuminating, Alice LaPlante’s guide to writing fiction “recalls Francine Prose’s bestseller, Reading Like a Writer” (Library Journal).The Making of a Story is a fresh and inspiring guide to the basics of creative writing―both fiction and creative nonfiction. Its hands-on, completely accessible approach walks writers through each stage of the creative process, from the initial triggering idea to the revision of the final manuscript. It is unique in combing the three main aspects of creative writing…
Author(s): Alice LaPlante

4. 101 Creative Writing Exercises (Adventures in Writing) (2012)

 Best Creative Writing Books That Will Hook You101 Creative Writing Exercises takes you on an adventure through the world of creative writing. Explore different forms and genres by experimenting with fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Discover effective writing concepts, tools, and techniques. Create projects you can publish. Ideal for new and experienced writers alike, this book will enlighten and inspire you with exciting new ideas. By Melissa Donovan, Founder and Editor of Writing Forward, a critically acclaimed blog packed with creative writing tips and ideas #132,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #367 in Creative Writing &…
Author(s): Melissa Donovan

5. Rip the Page!: Adventures in Creative Writing (2010)

 Best Creative Writing Books That Will Hook YouHere are the ideas, experiments, and inspiration to unfold your imagination and get your writing to flow off the page! This is the everything-you-need guide to spark new poems and unstick old stories, including lists of big, small, gross-out, and favorite words; adventurous and zany prompts to leap from; dares and double dares to help you mash up truths and lies into outrageous paragraphs; and letters of encouragement written directly to you from famous authors, including: Annie Barrows, Naomi Shihab Nye, Lemony Snicket, C. M. Mayo, Elizabeth Singer Hunt, Moira Egan, Gary Soto, Lucille Clifton, Avi, Betsy Franco, Carol Edgarian, Karen…
Author(s): Karen Benke

6. Creative Writing For Dummies (2012)

 Best Creative Writing Books That Will Hook YouDo you have an idea that you’re burning to get down on paper? Do you want to document your travels to far-flung places, or write a few stanzas of poetry? Whether you dream of being a novelist, a travel writer, a poet, a playwright or a columnist, Creative Writing For Dummies shows you how to unlock your creativity and choose the genre of writing that suits you best. Walking you through characterisation, setting, dialogue and plot, as well as giving expert insights into both fiction and non-fiction, it’s the ideal launching pad to the world of creative writing. Creative Writing For Dummies…
Author(s): Maggie Hamand

7. On Writing and Worldbuilding: Volume I (2019)

 Best Creative Writing Books That Will Hook YouWriting advice tends to be full of 'rules' and 'tips' which are either too broad to be helpful or outright wrong. In On Writing and Worldbuilding, we will discuss specific and applicable ideas to consider, from effective methods of delivering exposition and foreshadowing, to how communication, commerce, and control play into the fall of an empire. ON WRITING Part I: Prologues Part II: The First Chapter Part III: The Exposition Problem Part IV: Foreshadowing Part V: Villain Motivation Part VI: Hero-Villain Relationships Part VII: Final…
Author(s): Timothy Hickson , Jordon Jones, et al.

8. The Writing Strategies Book: Your Everything Guide to Developing Skilled Writers (2017)

 Best Creative Writing Books That Will Hook YouThe Reading Strategies Book made the New York Times Best Seller List by making it simpler to match students’ needs to high-quality instruction. Now, in The Writing Strategies Book, Jen Serravallo does the same, collecting 300 of the most effective strategies to share with writers, and grouping them beneath 10 crucial goals. “You can think of the goals as the what, “writes Jen, “and the strategies as the how.” From composing with pictures all the way to conventions and beyond, you’ll have just-right teaching, just in time. With Jen’s help you’ll: She even offers suggestions for stocking your…
Author(s): Jennifer Serravallo

9. On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft (2010)

 Best Creative Writing Books That Will Hook YouImmensely helpful and illuminating to any aspiring writer, this special edition of Stephen King’s critically lauded, million-copy bestseller shares the experiences, habits, and convictions that have shaped him and his work.“Long live the King” hailed Entertainment Weekly upon publication of Stephen King’s On Writing. Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer’s craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade…
Author(s): Stephen King

10. The Practice of Creative Writing: A Guide for Students (2016)

 Best Creative Writing Books That Will Hook YouThe Practice of Creative Writing A Guide for Students #224,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #4341 in Words, Language & Grammar (Books) #612 in Creative Writing & Composition #1325 in Fiction Writing Reference (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Heather Sellers

11. Writing Magic: Creating Stories that Fly (2014)

 Best Creative Writing Books That Will Hook YouFairy-tale master Gail Carson, the bestselling author of Ella Enchanted, guides writers of all ages on how to develop their craft, with practical advice and heartfelt encouragement. In Writing Magic, Newbery Honor author Gail Carson Levine shares her tricks of the trade. She shows how you can get terrific ideas for stories, invent great beginnings and endings, write sparkling dialogue, develop memorable characters—and much, much more.She advises you about what to do when you feel stuck—and how to use helpful criticism. Best of all, she…
Author(s): Gail Carson Levine

12. A Year of Creative Writing Prompts (Write On!) (2015)

 Best Creative Writing Books That Will Hook YouWriters know that good writing is dependent on unique, interesting ideas. Kick your imagination into gear with this collection of hand-picked, hand-crafted, explosively creative writing prompts! With hundreds of prompts in every genre included in this book, you are sure to find ideas that will propel your writing and grab your readers’ imagination. The Love in Ink team is composed of two passionate authors with over a decade of writing experience. We know what good writing consists of – and we know how to bring it into being. In addition to tons of fun writing prompts in all main genres, this book includes a…
Author(s): Love in Ink

Best Creative Writing Books That Will Hook You

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some creative writing books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

1000 quick writing ideas : a journal and creative writing kit

Author(s): Stevan Krajnjan.
ID: 920823, Publisher: Timesavers for Teachers, Year: [2008], Size: 2 Mb, Format: pdf

Overcoming Creative Anxiety: Journal Prompts & Practices for Disarming Your Inner Critic & Allowing Creativity to Flow (Creative Writing Skills and Confidence Builders)

Author(s): Karen C.L. Anderson
ID: 2558418, Publisher: Mango Media, Year: 2020, Size: 5 Mb, Format: epub

Writing and Marketing Systems (Indie Inspiration for Self-Publishers Book 3)

Author(s): Elana M Johnson
ID: 2794739, Publisher: AEJ Creative Works, Year: 2020, Size: 426 Kb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are really chart-busters according to The New York Times, others are composed by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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