On Writing: Authors in their own words

Like to get into the minds of your favorite authors (and editors)?  This list of titles, including memoirs, biographies, and treatises on the craft, gets you pretty close.

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New Titles Highlighted in Bold (Last updated 1/2/20)

Margaret Atwood – Negotiating with the Dead
Ray Bradbury – Zen in the Art of Writing
Dorothea Brande – Becoming a Writer
Dorothea Brande – Wake Up and Live
Julia Cameron – The Artist’s Way
Annie Dillard – The Writing Life
Janet Evanovich – How I Write
Roxane Gay – Unti on Writing
Elizabeth George – Write Away
John Gardner – On Becoming A Novelist
John Gardner – The Art of Fiction
Elizabeth Gilbert – Big Magic
Natalie Goldberg – Wild Mind
Natalie Goldberg – Writing Down the Bones
William Goldman – Adventures in the Screen Trade
William Goldman – Which Lie Do I Tell?
Ernest Hemingway – A Moveable Feast
Ernest Hemingway on Writing – edited by Larry W Phillips
Stephen King – On Writing
Anne Lamott – Bird by Bird
Elmore Leonard – Ten Rules of Writing
David Morrell – The Successful Novelist
Chuck Palahniuk – Consider This
Ann Patchett – The Getaway Car
Ann Patchett – This is the Story of a Happy Marriage
Max Perkins: Editor of Genius – by A. Scott Berg
Steven Pressfield – Do the Work
Steven Pressfield – Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t
Steven Pressfield – The Authentic Swing
Steven Pressfield – The Knowledge: A too close to true novel
Steven Pressfield – The War of Art
Steven Pressfield – Turning Pro
Francine Prose – Reading Like a Writer
Philip Pullman – Daemon Voices
Ayn Rand – The Art of Fiction
Dani Shapiro – Still Writing
Sol Stein (editor) – Stein on Writing
Eudora Welty – On Writing