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25 Books to Inspire Your Inner Writer

Whether you grew up with Jane Austen or Marvel Comics, there’s no doubt our reading habits have a huge impact on how we view the world, and who we become. What motivates us to read is different for everyone: for some it’s one of life’s simple pleasures, others see it as a chore. For some, it’s a quest for knowledge.

We’re not all destined to become novelists or poets. But in an age where content is king, almost everyone in the business world is now compelled to write. For some this can be terrifying, especially if they’ve convinced themselves, ‘I’m not a writer’.

The best advice I believe comes from writers themselves. They too have their bad days, when creativity dries up and the words stop flowing.

In the words of American horror writer Stephen King, “If you want to be a writer, you must read a lot, and write a lot.”

So where do you start? What books should you read?

I recently posed this question to my LinkedIn network and was blown away by the response: a wonderfully diverse list from fantasies to biographies, sales to spirituality and everything in between.

So here it is!

25 titles to inspire the writer in you

  1. The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle
  2. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion – Robert B. Cialdini
  3. The Elements of Style – William Strunk Jnr
  4. Book Yourself Solid – Michael Port
  5. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
  6. The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis
  7. The Lord of the Rings – J.R. Tolkien
  8. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking – Susan Cain
  9. Thirty Seconds – Michael J. Arlen
  10. Shoe Dog: : A Memoir by the Creator of NIKE – Phil Knight
  11. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear – Elizabeth Gilbert
  12. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success – Carol S. Dweck
  13. Stealing Fire – Steven Kotler
  14. How to Change Your Mind: The New Science of Psychedelics – Michael Pollan
  15. The Four Agreements Wisdom Book – Don Miguel Ruiz
  16. How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie
  17. On the Road – Jack Kerouac
  18. On Writing – Stephen King
  19. The Road Less Travelled – M. Scott Peck
  20. Return to Love: Reflections on the Principle of A Course in Miracles – Marianne Wiliamson
  21. Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One – Dr. Joe Dispenza
  22. The Writing Book: A Practical Guide for Fiction Writers – Kate Grenville
  23. A Field Guide to Lies and Statistics – Daniel Levitin
  24. Thinking, Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman
  25. Story: Style, Structure, Substance, and the Principles of Screenwriting – Robert McKee

If you have others to recommend, please tell us in the comments!


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