“Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.” — Jim Rohn

Reading is a wonderful way to educate yourself on numerous topics. Quality authors take their years of study and hard-earned life lessons and condense them down to the most beneficial, offering them up in an easy-to-read format. What a privilege it is to read. Books can change you, your business, and your life.

But with so much information in the world today it’s hard to know where to start. Here are five must-read books for writers to increase your productivity, improve your skills in both fiction and non-fiction, and learn how to edit your work, and run your writing business.

5 Must-read books for writers

Must-read books for writers: 'The Miracle Morning for Writers.'

1. ‘The Miracle Morning for Writers’

This one is all about the ritual. Setting yourself up for writing success starting with how you begin your day. This book takes Hal Elrod’s miracle morning formula for success and combines it with Steve Scott’s writing habit techniques. Hal Elrod’s books are some of the highest-rated on Amazon and Steve Scott’s writing habits have helped him land on the Wall Street Journal bestsellers list.

Learn how to manage your writing time from these top writers.

In this book you will find:

  • How to find the time to write
  • How to sell more books
  • How to eliminate writer’s block
  • Overcoming limiting beliefs and more

2. ‘Write. Publish. Repeat.’

Want to write a novel? Interested in self-publishing? This is the guide for you.

Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant co-authored this book after having made full-time incomes as indie authors. Taking their art of writing and what they love to do and creating a system to make it sustainable. No starving writers here. This is not just a “write your first novel and put it out there” kind of guide.

This powerful author duo shares:

  • How to write something your readers will love
  • The best tools for writing and editing your draft
  • Formatting and pricing
  • And getting your books into print

It is a writing guide and business guide in one.

3. ‘On Writing Well’

If you are in the business of non-fiction writing, William Zinsser gives practical tips with a beautiful style that shows his respect for the English language. Zinsser began his career on the New York Herald Tribune in 1946 but has continued to write and teach, staying relevant with his craft.

With over a million copies sold, this is a book to come back to again and again to improve your writing skills. In this book, you will learn some keys to writing well, yes, but Zinsser also works to increase your confidence in your writing abilities in a way that will endear you to your readers.

If you love practical advice with lots of examples to help with your writing and communication style check out this book.

Zinsser will help you:

  • Remove the clutter from your writing
  • Lead the reader through your piece
  • Understand various non-fiction forms
  • Improve your attitude about writing

4. ‘Building a StoryBrand’

This one is about branding and business but through clarifying your message — something every writer must learn. In this book, New York Times best-selling author Donald Miller covers seven universal elements that make stories powerful to listeners and readers. This book can help you become a better writer for clients while also learning how to write your own personal brand story.

You will learn how to:

  • Simplify a brand message so people know what it is about
  • Story points that “real humans” respond to
  • What makes customers purchase
  • Create effective messages for websites, brochures, and social media

Must-read books for writers: 'How to Write Seductive Web Copy.'

5. ‘How to Write Seductive Web Copy’

In the copywriting business? Henneke Duistermaat knows how to turn boring copy into seductive copy that entices readers and keeps them hungry for more. This is a practical guide to homepage copy, about pages, blog writing and more.

Duistermaat teaches how to:

  • Start with your ideal reader
  • Write a comprehensive list of benefits and features focusing on the problem that they solve
  • Optimize web text for easier reading
  • Edit your draft to make your work more appealing

You will also learn some copywriting mistakes to avoid and some headline writing formulas.

Each one of these books will help you sharpen your skills, connect with your readers, and grow your career, whether you are writing a novel, website copy, or an email. Keep reading. Keep writing.

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