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35 Books for Writers

If you’re writing a novel, fear not: here are some of the most helpful, inspiring, and practical writing books to keep you on track.

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    A Swim in a Pond in the Rain

    by George Saunders

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    A Swim in a Pond in the Rain Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $28.00

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    Writing Better Lyrics

    by Pat Pattison

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    Paperback
    $19.99

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    Paperback
    $16.00

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    Bird by Bird

    by Anne Lamott

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    Bird by Bird Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.00

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    Woe Is I

    by Patricia T. O’Conner

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    Woe Is I Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    The Clothing of Books

    by Jhumpa Lahiri

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    The Clothing of Books Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $7.95

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    Paperback
    $17.00

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    Negotiating with the Dead

    by Margaret Atwood

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    Negotiating with the Dead Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $15.95

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    Paperback
    $29.99

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    A Writer’s Life

    by Gay Talese

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    A Writer's Life Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $18.00

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    How to Write Like Tolstoy

    by Richard Cohen

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    How to Write Like Tolstoy Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $20.00

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    A Writer’s Notebook

    by W. Somerset Maugham

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    A Writer's Notebook Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.95

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    The Kite and the String

    by Alice Mattison

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    The Kite and the String Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    The Sense of Style

    by Steven Pinker

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    The Sense of Style Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $18.00

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    The Gift

    by Lewis Hyde

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    The Gift Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    The Elements of Style Illustrated

    by William Strunk, Jr. and E. B. White

    The Elements of Style Illustrated Book Cover Picture
    The Elements of Style Illustrated Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $18.00

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    On Teaching and Writing Fiction

    by Wallace Stegner

    On Teaching and Writing Fiction Book Cover Picture
    On Teaching and Writing Fiction Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $15.00

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    Handling the Truth

    by Beth Kephart

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    Handling the Truth Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.00

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    Letters to a Young Artist

    by Anna Deavere Smith

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    Letters to a Young Artist Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $15.95

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    Willa Cather On Writing

    by Willa Cather

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    Willa Cather On Writing Book Cover Picture

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    Dreyer’s English

    by Benjamin Dreyer

    A sharp, funny grammar guide they’ll actually want to read, from Random House’s longtime copy chief and one of Twitter’s leading language gurus.
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    Dreyer's English Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $18.00

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    Letters to a Young Writer

    by Colum McCann

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    Letters to a Young Writer Book Cover Picture

    Hardcover
    $25.00

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    Eats, Shoots & Leaves

    by Lynne Truss

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    Eats, Shoots & Leaves Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.00

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    $17.00

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    The Artist’s Way

    by Julia Cameron

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    The Artist's Way Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    Paperback
    $18.00

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    The Hidden Writer

    by Alexandra Johnson

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    The Hidden Writer Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.00

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    Story Genius

    by Lisa Cron

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    Story Genius Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $15.99

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    Create Dangerously

    by Edwidge Danticat

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    Create Dangerously Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $15.95

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    Sin and Syntax

    by Constance Hale

    Sin and Syntax Book Cover Picture
    Sin and Syntax Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $17.00

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    Words for Pictures

    by Brian Michael Bendis

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    Words for Pictures Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $24.99

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    $25.95

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    $24.99

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    Make Comics Like the Pros

    by Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente

    Make Comics Like the Pros Book Cover Picture
    Make Comics Like the Pros Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $22.99

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    The Accidental Life

    by Terry McDonell

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    The Accidental Life Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.00

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    Writing from the Senses

    by Laura Deutsch

    Writing from the Senses Book Cover Picture
    Writing from the Senses Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $14.95

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    Writing Hard Stories

    by Melanie Brooks

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    Writing Hard Stories Book Cover Picture

    Paperback
    $16.95

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