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Writer’s Doubt: The #1 Enemy of Writing

21 time New York Times bestselling author Jerry B. Jenkins says you’ll “…resonate with every paragraph… It’s your passport from doubt to writing success.” There’s no writer on Earth who doesn’t deal with doubt.

The Audacity to be a Writer, by Bryan Hutchinson, Joe Bunting, C.S. Lakin, Ali Luke, Marcy McKay, Shanan Haislip, Andy Mort, Christine Frazier, Liwen Ho, Chelsea Nenno, Claire DeBoer, Kate I. Foley, Josh Irby, Stacy Claflin, Nicole Gulotta, Dana Sitar and Bryan Collins.

Do YOU have the audacity to be a writer?

Writing for the Soul by Jerry B. Jenkins

Jenkins shares the honest and straightforward truth about how to find writing success and why the journey is a continuous one. With heartfelt advice and intimate anecdotes that will satisfy writers and fans, Jenkins discusses the skills and abilities required to build an exciting career, as well as breaking into the industry through reporting and writing for small markets while establishing and maintaining a professional image, and how even experienced writers should continue to learn and grow.

English Grammar for Dummies by Geraldine Woods

Enhancing your speaking and writing skills helps in everyday situations, such as writing a paper for school, giving a presentation to a company’s bigwigs, or communicating effectively with family and friends. English Grammar For Dummies, gives you the latest techniques for improving your efficiency with English grammar and punctuation.

Idiot’s Guide to Writing Well by Laurie Rozakis, Ph.D.

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Writing Well has everything you need to know to make writing of any kind as easy as thinking or speaking. This guide gives expert advice on making your writing as clear and persuasive as possible, whether it’s a thank-you note, a school paper, or an executive briefing.

Write On! by Dan Mulvey, M.A.

A practical grammar reference book and style guide that will help you with all your writing projects, including essays and term papers. You’ll learn how to avoid common writers’ pitfalls, gain a clear understanding of parts of speech and sentence construction, punctuate your sentences correctly, and select rewarding topics to write about.

100 Ways To Improve Your Writing by 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.

How To Write A Sentence by Stanley Fish

Fish’s How to Write a Sentence is much more than a writing manual—it is a penetrating exploration into the art and craft of sentences.

On Writing—A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

Short and snappy as it is, Stephen King’s On Writing really contains two books: a fondly sardonic autobiography and a tough-love lesson for aspiring novelists.

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

Think you’ve got a book inside of you? Anne Lamott isn’t afraid to help you let it out. She’ll help you find your passion and your voice, beginning from the first really crummy draft to the peculiar letdown of publication. Readers will be reminded of the energizing books of writer Natalie Goldberg and will be seduced by Lamott’s witty take on the reality of a writer’s life, which has little to do with literary parties and a lot to do with jealousy, writer’s block and going for broke with each paragraph. Marvelously wise and best of all, great reading.

Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success by K.M. Weiland

Writers often look upon outlines with fear and trembling. But when properly understood and correctly wielded, the outline is one of the most powerful weapons in a writer’s arsenal.

 You Are A Writer by Jeff Goins

This journey of becoming a writer begins with a simple but important belief: You are a writer; you just need to write. Readers will learn the importance of passion and discipline and how to show up every day to do the work.

Say What? The Fiction Writer’s Handy Guide to Grammar, Punctuation, and Word Usage by C.S. Lakin

Whether you’re a novice or experienced writer, you’ll benefit from these clear and helpful explanations of grammar and usage based on The Chicago Manual of Style—the US book publishing industry’s authoritative reference guide. You no longer need to search the web or thumb through a stack of grammar books to find simple answers to your grammar questions. With Say What? at your fingertips, you’ll spend less time fretting over grammar and more time writing. And you’ll become a better writer in the process!

A Writer’s Bucket List by Dana Sitar

It’s an inspirational and educational guide for budding writers. It’s a launching point for all the possibilities of being a writer, a kick-in-the-butt for those who don’t know what to do next, and a simple guide to help you forge your own unique career and life path.

The Write Practice: 14 Prompts by Joe Bunting

Most collections of writing prompts have hundreds or even thousands of prompts. Why does this book only have fourteen? 14 Prompts isn’t meant to be a random list of ideas to begin your novel, it’s meant to inspire you to a whole new way of seeing your writing and even your life.

APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur—How to Publish a Book by Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch

APE is 300 pages of step-by-step, tactical advice and practical inspiration. If you want a hype-filled, get-rich-quick book, you should look elsewhere. On the other hand, if you want a comprehensive and realistic guide to self-publishing, APE is the answer.

Publishing E—Books For Dummies by Ali Luke

With clear instruction and sensible advice, it will help you navigate the often confusing, time-consuming, and costly world of self-publishing an e-book. The book gives you solid marketing tips for selling your e-book, including using blogging and social media and how to build an online platform.

Blogging All—in—One for Dummies by Susan Gunelius

This all-in-one guide is packed with detailed information and advice that helps you create and solidify your place in the blogosphere. You’ll learn how to get started, use blogging tools, collaborate with other bloggers, become a part of mobile blogging, and much more.

Sell Your Book Like Wildfire—The Writer’s Guide To Marketing & Publicity by Rob Eagar

Marketing expert Rob Eagar explains how to use the best promotional methods available to get your book noticed and drive sales.

For more books, here’s a longer list.

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