How To Write A Novel

As a fan of literature, it is very likely that you’ve thought about writing your own novel. There can be a lot of negativity surrounding writing your own novel, as many people will tell you the financial difficulties involved and how hard it is to make a living from it, but these shouldn’t be your main motivators anyway.

You have an idea, and you want to get it out there. If this is you, the following books will help you do that and do it well.

How To Write A Novel: 3 Essential Books For Every Aspiring Writer

1. On Writing – Stephen King

How To Write A Novel

From one of the most successful writers of our time, comes this semi-autobiographical book which tells the story of how he began his career as a writer, and some of the highly effective techniques that he uses to create the worlds in his books.

Stephen King lays down the law and then teaches it. Essential reading for any aspiring writer.

2. The Elements of Style – William Strunk Jr.

How To Write A Novel

This book sets out the essentials of writing in clear and correct English. Very short, concise and perfect for any writer to use as a reference.

3. Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting – Robert McKee

How To Write A Novel

You may be thinking, what could a screenwriting book tell me about the novel form? The purpose of this book is to offer sound concepts that can save any storyteller hours of frustration. For those who wish to create a masterwork with feeling characters in compelling situations, this book is a must read. It explains the why and the how, and reveals what we as screenwriters struggle toward: a good story, well told.