Take a Peek at My Writing Books

Take a peek at my writing books!

Writers are readers — it’s the nature of what we do. While I won’t go into the hundreds of books I read for fun, I’m happy to share what floats my boat and gets my creative juices going as a writer.

I personally recommend and fully endorse each of these books. I’ve owned my copies for years and each book on this list has helped me grow as a person, a writer, and a small business owner.

Six Figure Freelancing by Kelly James-Enger. This writing book is my favorite. James-Enger says pretty much what others say, but the way she says it is what holds my attention. I dig hearing how the switch from attorney to writer took place. She gives herself credit where it’s due while retaining her humility. She is one of my writing heroes.

The Copywriter’s Handbook by Robert W. Bly. Bly knows his stuff. Been there, done that. What I like the most about this book is the ease of use. His writing style is professional but engaging. The book could be a dry read, given the subject. However, Bly makes it easy to use The Copywriter’s Handbook as a writing bible. (As I know many do.)

The Wealthy Writer by Michael Meanwell. I bought this book recently, so I’m still digesting and reading through it. However, The Wealthy Writer certainly grabbed my attention. (The title is fab – who doesn’t want to be a wealthy writer?) Another easy read that includes case studies, the various types of copywriters and fantastic marketing ideas. It seems that everyone has great advice for breaking writer’s block; I dig what Meanwell has to say. His ability to write for writers is clear cut and well-presented.

The Well-Fed Writer by Peter Bowerman. I think many writers became inspired by Bowerman’s book. I had been writing for some time before purchasing a copy. What helped me was the change in mindset from querying magazines and other print pubs. Why not commercial copywriting? After all, that’s what I had done for years when I worked as an employee.

The Well-Fed Writer Back for Seconds by Peter Bowerman. I couldn’t help myself. I have a big appetite!

Writer’s Market. I confess — my hardback copy is from 1997. Now I maintain an online membership. I still refer to this book, however. It’s a great reference and I dig the stories.

Lives & Moments An Introduction to Short Fiction complied by Hans Ostrom. It’s from my college lit class and I still find it to be handy dandy when I need inspiration. I loved it then and I love it now. Favorite short story? “Aura” by Carlos Fuentes. Few writers can get away with writing in second person.

Make a Real Living as a Freelance Writer by Jenna Glatzer. This book is fun because of the exercises. I bought it after I’d been freelancing for several years, but it remains relevant. Like James-Enger, Glatzer has a down-to-earth writing style that pertains to both new and seasoned writers. (I also love Absolute Write, though I’m only a lurker.)

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. No, it’s not a writer’s manual. Cameron has packed this book full of instructions to free the artist inside. I’ve owned this book since 2000 and it applies to both my work and my spirituality.

The Creativity Book by Eric Maisel. This book was required for an online writing course I took many moons ago. While I’ve never worked it from front to back, I love returning to specific exercises. It’s also a great book in which to find the “daily page” from which to draw inspiration.

Enjoy these books, and if you have questions, contact me. I’m happy to discuss these books with you. Thanks for stopping by and reading.


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Laura's a native Texan. Besides loving Texas and horses, she's a marketing consultant, writer, and blogger who lives in the western Hill Country of Central Texas with her husband, their daughter, and a bunch of dogs and cats. Reach her at laura@biggreyhorse.com.

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