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The Best Writers are Readers: 6 Nonfiction Books for Writers

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The Best Writers are Readers: 6 Nonfiction Books for Writers

It’s no secret that the best writers are readers, and that’s because there’s no better way to exercise your writing skills than by cracking open a good book. Authors can better their craft by diving into a good fiction book. Reading fiction can teach tried and true ways to build a plot and develop characters. Reading non-fiction books can improve writing, from building sentences to developing structure. Every successful writer must first be a great reader. There’s no way to be one without the other. Here are six non-fiction books that can help any writer excel.

7 Figure Fiction

7 Figure Fiction by T. Taylor is the perfect read for fiction writers. The book helps writers level up their writing and marketing. The guide covers these frequently asked questions that many writers struggle with:

  • Will this sell?
  • Why is that selling?
  • Why didn’t this sell?
  • Will readers like what I am writing?
  • Why do I love the TV shows/books/entertainment I do?
  • Why did I buy that thing when I didn’t intend to?

After reading 7 Figure Fiction, you’re sure to uncover the hidden secret behind most bestselling stories.

How to Talk to Anyone

How to Talk to Anyone by Leil Lowndes is a book about how to deal with people more skillfully. This book is perfect for anyone wanting to improve their relationships with people. It’s also ideal for fiction writers who wish to learn more about character development. The book is filled with practical techniques that anyone can use to have better conversations.

How Highly Effective People Speak

Ever wondered why people do what they do? Why do others like or dislike us? Why do some people listen and others ignore? These questions and more are examined in How Highly Effective People Speak by Peter D. Andrei. This book dives deep into the psychology of why humans perform the way they do. Fiction writers can use this to enrich their characters more. The best seller is perfect for anyone looking for additional information and tools to put in their writing, speaking, and vocabulary toolboxes.

Business Model Generation

Business Model Generation by Alexander Osterwalder is a book for visionaries, game changers, and challengers who want to defy outdated business models and design the future. If you need to adapt to harsh new realities but have yet to develop a strategy, this book can help. Writers can benefit from this book because many writers need innovative techniques for building a sustainable business. So many writers feel they are simply freelancers with no business mindset. This book can help with that.

The Procrastination Cure

The Procrastination Cure by Damon Zahariades is a book that provides a straightforward blueprint on how to stop procrastinating. You need this book if you’re always waiting until the last minute to start on projects or allowing so much to pile up that you become stressed. Writers especially need to read this because writers often struggle with writer’s block when they procrastinate because they’re uninspired. This book will help you discover the following:

  • The 13 most common reasons people postpone taking action
  • Why your to-do list might be encouraging you to procrastinate (and what to do about it)
  • How to create an action-prompting reward system tailored to you
  • Four easy tips for silencing your inner perfectionist and getting to work
  • and so much more

First You Write a Sentence

First You Write a Sentence by Joe Moran is a book about how the most ordinary words can be turned into written masterpieces through the art of building sentences. The book is more geared toward navigating non-fiction than fiction writing. This is the perfect book for anyone wanting to improve their writing by changing how they view sentences. The author does a great job of showing how anyone can write in a clear, compelling, and alive way.

Briana is a published author and professional content writer specializing in long-form blog content. The wife & mom's work has been featured on Newsbreak, Her View From Home, and Thought Catalog. When she’s not churning out content, you can find her sipping a glass of wine, cozying up w/ a book, or binge-watching a new Netflix series.

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