We crossed the halfway mark in the 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes Challenge! Woo hoo! To all who have been participating in the challenge this month — well done! It’s all downhill from here … ūüėČ

I’ve been writing my series on 31 Days in the Life of a Christian Writer, and today’s prompt is: READ

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To start us off, I saw this picture and thought of all of you:


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The above quote is so true, isn’t it? I cannot overemphasize the importance of reading good, quality books as a means of improving and cultivating a strong writing life. I encourage you to read books from a variety of voices and genres — not just the same three or four authors you’ve been reading your whole life.

Read fiction, nonfiction, poetry, memoir, biography. Read books my Christian authors and non-Christian authors. Read YA books and children’s picture books. Read books about writing.

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Here are some of my favorite books about writing (and a few on my wishlist as well!): 

On Being a Writer: 12 Simple Habits for a Writing Life that Lasts

Ann Kroeker & Charity Singleton Craig

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Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within

Natalie Goldberg

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On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction

William Zinnser

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The Art of Spiritual Writing: How to Craft Prose That Engages and Inspires Your Readers

Vinita Hampton Wright

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And psst … did you know that the Start-Up Guide for Online Christian Writers is on Amazon?

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If you prefer the full e-course including video demos and tutorials, you can order that version here.



Here are some books about writing that I’ve heard wonderful things about but haven’t read yet:

Jot That Down: Encouraging Essays for New Writers

Edited by A.L. Rogers

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Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Anne Lamott

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On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Stephen King

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Which books about writing are at the top of your list? Share in the comments below!


Looking for more book recommendations for books not related to writing? 

Here you go …


Fall Book Recommendations: Celebrating the Release of these Five New Books

Celebrating the Release of these Four New Books

Celebrating the Release of these Six New Books

Books I Read in 2016

Books I Read in 2015

Fall Fiction Favorites


Happy reading!


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