Top 10 Creative Writing Books


Read creative writing books! I have compiled a list of my top 10 creative writing books below with a brief book description. The descriptions have been copied directly from Amazon.com intentionally; no one can describe the content of a book better than the author. These books have continuously inspired my web content, improved my writing and will become valued resources on any writer’s bookshelf.



My TOP 10 Writing Books

1.      100 Ways to Improve Your Writing, Gary Provost

This is the one guide that anyone who writes--whether student, business person, or professional writer--should put on the desk beside pencil, pen, typewriter, or word processor. Filled with professional tips and a wealth of instructive examples, this valuable, easy-to-use handbook can help you solve any and all writing problems.

2.      Writing Extraordinary Essays, David Lee Finkle

How do you turn unmotivated students into eager and accomplished essay writers? In this powerful resource, a master teacher gives you the tools you need to make this happen. Using his own original comic strips to engage students, the author demonstrates a variety of ways to teach students how to organize an essay, create vivid details, make effective word choices, and revise and proofread effectively. He provides rubrics to set clear expectations as well as samples essays that serve as models for students. For use with Grades 5 & Up.

3.      Razzle Dazzle Writing, Melissa Forney

Get ready to transform ho-hum intermediate-grade writers into mature writers who love to write -- and perform well on assessments. Razzle Dazzle Writing shows you how to teach narrative and informational writing through mastery of 50 key, target writing skills.

4.      Make Writing Visual & Vivid, David Lee Finkle

It’s all about the pictures. When student writers rely primarily on vague statements, adjectives, and adverbs, their writing doesn’t score well on tests, and worse, sounds generic, voiceless, and dull. Creating vivid pictures is the key to good writing. In this book, a teacher/writer/cartoonist provides tools for helping students write about people, places, events, and even abstractions so that their readers can see, hear, smell, touch, and taste their topics. The author demonstrates ways to use figurative language, movie techniques, moment-by-moment narration, hypothetical scenarios, and dialogue to make any kind of writing come alive on the page. For use with Grades 5 & Up.

5.      The Artists Way, Julia Cameron

Asserting that creative expression is the natural direction of life, noted Hollywood screenwriter and director Julia Cameron presents an exciting method for artists to recover their creativity from limiting beliefs, self-sabotage, inattention, fear, jealousy, guilt, addictions, and other forces that inhibit the creative process.

6.      The Complete idiots guide to Creative Writing, Laurie E. Rozakis

Major revisions take this popular Complete Idiot's Guide to new level- offering readers a better way to unlock their creativity from the first page. Exercises help them explore their talents and experiment with different genres and forms of writing, including short stories, narrative fiction, memoirs, magazine articles, poetry, drama, blogging, and freewriting.

7.      Writing Down the Bones, Natalie Goldberg

With insight, humor, and practicality, Natalie Goldberg inspires writers and would-be writers to take the leap into writing skillfully and creatively. Goldberg sees writing as a practice that helps writers comprehend the value of their lives. The advice in her book, provided in short, easy-to-read chapters with titles that reflect the author’s witty approach (“Writing Is Not a McDonald’s Hamburger,” “Man Eats Car,” “Be an Animal”), will inspire anyone who writes—or who longs to.

8.      The Most Wonderful Writing Lessons Ever, Barbara Mariconda

Everything You Need to Teach the Essentials Elements—and the Magic—of Good Writing
These ready-to-use lessons cover writing from beginning to end: entertaining starters, building suspense, adding detail, main event, story endings, and using dialogue. Inventive activities include analysing a photo to draw out vivid verbs, and reading Snoozer Sentences to show the need for leads that grab!

9.      Teaching Expository Writing, Barbara Mariconda

A master teacher shows you an engaging, new way to teach essay and other non fiction writing. Lessons are sequential, include model pieces, and give you everything you need, including a fantastic pillar organizational framework for students. Covers skills such as developing a main idea sentence, supporting ideas, using quotes and facts, intros and conclusions. For use with Grades 4-8.

10.  The Little Red Writing Book, Brandon Royal

The Little Red Writing Book is designed for visual appeal and ease of use. Elegant yet practical, it will be an intriguing, inviting reference you'll turn to again and again. Author Brandon Royal offers clear explanations and non-intimidating instruction based on the four pillars of sound writing – structure, style, readability, and grammar. His discussion centers on 20 immutable writing principles as well as 30 commonly encountered rules of grammar. A wealth of examples, charts, and engaging exercises make The Little Red Writing Book an invaluable guide for anyone who wants to master those skills that will make a good writer even better.

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