Great writers are almost always great readers. I've read a lot of books on blogging and the writing process over the years but I've found the following books to be the cream of the crop.
You going to become a better blogger if you read these.
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#1 Everybody Writes by Ann Handley
This list isn't ranked in order of my favorites, except for this first one.
Everybody Writes by Ann Handley is my number 1 most recommended book for aspiring bloggers and writers in general.
No book has had a greater impact on my writing career than this one. Ann Handley is a modern master of the art of writing and one of my professional idols.
Everybody Writers is easy to read, filled with humor is very well organized.
It covers almost every aspect of writing you could imagine, and it leaves you with a tremendous feeling of completeness once you finish it.
I read this one every year and I recommend you do the same.
#2 They Ask, You Answer by Marcus Sheridan
This book will open your eyes to the power of blogging as a stream of new inbound clients.
The author spent time answering every imaginable question people had about swimming pools and was able to grow his company's revenue dramatically by doing so.
This book explains the thought process and how to drive new clients simply by becoming an authority in the space and answering the questions of the market.
#3 Platform by Michael Hyatt
Few people are better role models for content creators than Michael Hyatt. Hyatt is a triple threat in the content marketing space and has found results in writing, audio and video.
This book explains his process of building a platform of loyal fans that want to hear what you have to say and will buy whatever you sell.
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#4 Expert Secrets by Russell Brunson
Thanks to the extremely lucrative Clickfunnels affiliate program, everyone and their brother promotes this book.
However, it's truly one of the few books that actually over delivers on its insane hype.
Although not every chapter is immediately relevant to blogging, the chapters on finding your voice and creating your persona are game-changing and can help you find a style of writing that works.
#5 Trust Me, I'm Lying by Ryan Holliday
Probably the most fun book of all the books on this list. Ryan Holliday is one of the smartest people on the planet (not just writers, people).
You'll walk away from this book not only as a better writer, but as a more educated consumer of media.
#6 Atomic Habits by James Clear
While Everybody Writes is my most recommended book on blogging, Atomic Habits is my most recommended book, period.
This book will make you better at anything, but I find it to be extremely relevant to bloggers (although it never mentions bloggers directly).
- Learn how a simple 1% improvement every day can change your life (or blog) in big ways.
- Learn how to navigate the "Valley of Disappointment" that all new bloggers face.
- Learn how to create a writing habit that will take will power out of the picture and nearly guarantee you write like a machine.
Seriously, can't recommend this book enough.
#7 Deep Work by Cal Newport
Few people can cover productivity like Cal Newport. This book explains how intense focus can create dramatic results in far less time than we're already spending on a project.
Full of supporting studies and scientific evidence, this book will change how you view productivity forever.
#8 On Writing by Stephen King
I am a huge Stephen King fan so I'd have enjoyed this book even if it wasn't ripe with actionable insights.
It's a classic known to most writers, but not as "fun" as some of the others mentioned.
If you're not a fan of King, you may find this one to be a bit of a chore to read, but I assure you, it's worth it.
#9 Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon
This book oozes with style. From its CD style shape (assuming you get the printed version which I highly recommend) to its hand drawn examples, this book is visual candy and very easy to read.
I resisted the urge to include Kleon's other books in this list but I bet you'll want to grab everything he's written after you finish Steal Like an Artist.
#10 The Non-Designers Design Book by Robin Williams
Bloggers are designers, whether we like it or not. This book provides the 80/20 of design principles that will dramatically improve how everything you create online looks.
Save yourself hours of coursework trying to master design and read this instead.
Be sure to complete the recommended assignments too! They're actually super fun.
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
A book full of stories and narratives that help shine light on important writing concepts.
Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr.
Somewhat dry, but a timeless tool for learning the basics of style in writing.