10 Books For Writers You’ll Want For Christmas


What books are on your Christmas wish list?

As the gift-giving season rapidly approaches, it’s important to be prepared. If you want presents that is. Like a ninja, you need to be ready to whip out your very own wish list at any given notice.

We’ve made you a list.

We’ve made it easy for you this year, compiling ten of our favorite books for writers. Working at a company that specializes in building author websites, we get to hear from authors about the books that are inspiring them. The books that they pick up when they need a kick in the pants and motivation to start writing again. Many of those books are in this list.

These books are in no particular order and do contain affiliate links.

Are you ready?

10 Books for Writers You Need This Christmas

1. Steven Pressfield – War of Art

2. Jeff Goins – You are a Writer

3. Stephen King – On Writing

4. Robert McKee – Story

5. Anne Lamott – Bird By Bird

6. William Zinsser- On Writing Well

7. William Strunk – The Elements of Style

8. Roget’s International Thesaurus

9. Ray Bradbury – The Zen of Writing

10. Michael Hyatt – Platform

Love the list? Feel free to share it on Facebook, print it off and leave it by your spouse’s pillow, or simply steal some ideas for your own master list.

You may also want to look at our gift board on Pinterest. And don’t forget, a new professional author website makes a great gift!


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9 Responses to 10 Books For Writers You’ll Want For Christmas

  1. Nan Rinella December 19, 2012 at 5:33 pm #

    On Santa’s list for books writers need, may I add two? The Company They Keep: C.S. Lewis & J.R.R. Tolkien as Writers in Community by Diana Pavlac Glyer & Blue Hope Back Home by Joy Jordan Lake.

    You don’t have to be Lewis/Tolkien fans to benefit from learning about the encouragement they shared within their writers group. If you want the finest examples of great description and characterization, you will greatly benefit from Jordan Lake’s novel.

    Want to know more? Read my reviews on http://www.nanrinella.com.

    • Caitlin Muir January 7, 2013 at 8:28 am #

      Those sound like great books. Thanks for the suggestions, Nan!

  2. Cheri Gregory December 19, 2012 at 6:30 pm #

    I love Marion Roach Smith’s The Memoir Project. Even tho I have no intention of writing a memoir, she’s helped me tell a better story in my writing and speaking.

    • Caitlin Muir January 7, 2013 at 8:29 am #

      Great writing begets great writing. Sounds like a great book!

  3. Bo Henley December 19, 2012 at 9:58 pm #

    A new one to anyone’s writing list: Chuck Sambuchino’s “Create Your Writer Platform.” Brilliant, inspiring, great ideas – and (I’ll admit it) a little daunting, but I’ll take courage and jump in.

    • Caitlin Muir January 7, 2013 at 8:29 am #

      I haven’t heard of that one. I’ll have to check it out. Thanks, Bo!

  4. chris December 30, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

    My all-time favorite not on your list is Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer by Roy Peter Clark which I recently had to buy a new copy of since I’ve lent mine so often. Here’s a quick synopsis: http://flashmemoirs.com/2012/10/09/writing-advice/
    Thanks for the great list!

    • Caitlin Muir January 7, 2013 at 8:30 am #

      It’s always a good sign when you like a book enough to give it away. I’ll have to get my hands on a copy. Thanks, Chris!

  5. Gail Gee January 9, 2013 at 7:05 pm #

    Just bought The War of Art on Amazon. It was on my iPad instantly. I never cease to be amazed at how efficient Amazon has become at taking my money.