10 Books that Will Transform Your Writing Life

You are a writer.

Words turn you on.

You wait for words to brush against each other and make beautiful sounds.

You roll words on your tongue and taste them.

You have stories dancing inside your belly.

And yet…something is holding you back. You are struggling to write the pieces that you want to write and share them with the readers who need to read them the most.

Need an extra push?

Here is a carefully curated list of books that will hurtle your writing life to another level. Let’s go for a ride!

  1. Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within

Before I met this book, I had been writing painfully, laboring over my every word, and hiding behind those that eventually made their way on the page. Writing Down the Bones shook up the core of my writing practice. I carried that thin hardcover book with me for two years as I learned to let my pen go and write without censoring my thoughts, allowing all the words to exist on my notebook. This book convinced me to begin my daily writing practice. Since then I have collected a stack of spiral notebooks with my scribbles on them and found a spiritual practice that anchors me.

2. Rainer Maria Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet

Rainer Maria Rilke. Need I say more?

Picture this: Grand Central Terminal. Me. Reading out loud Rilke, my words drowned out by the buzzing of people milling around me like loose hornets.

If you want to read this book, I challenge you to read it in the most unique way possible. Crouched under your bed, flashlight in hand, whispering the words to your heart. Read it to the moon in the darkness of midnight. Read in the middle of a storm, an umbrella in hand, rain drops hammering down on its hood. Read to a friend and let your friend read to you. Continue reading