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I’ve found all of these books to be helpful in some way, and I can pretty much guarantee that all of them will infuse you with a powerful burst of inspiration. For best effect, consume when you have a day off and an unlimited supply of strong Greek coffee.

  1. A guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy – William B. Irvine
  2. 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos – Dr. Jordan Peterson
  3. Man’s Search for Meaning – Victor E. Frankl
  4. Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength – Roy. F. Baumeister
  5. Superbetter – Jane McGonigal
  6. Tools of Titans – Timothy Ferris
  7. Meditations – Marcus Aurelius
  8. The Talent Code – Daniel Coyle
  9. The Road Less Travelled – M. Scott Peck
  10. The Brain that Changes Itself – Norman Doige

Every single one of these books changed my writing significantly for the better, each in a different way, and I’ve read some of them several times. That’s saying something by the way, since as a rule I never read a book more than once – there are too many good ones out there.

I should probably caution you to take your time reading these, if you’re planning to go through the list. The best way to do it, I think, would be to work your way down from #1, and as you finish each book spend at least a few months practicing and applying the things you learn. Otherwise you run the risk of taking in too much information and forgetting half of it before you get a chance to internalise it.

  1. The Elements of Style – Strunk & White
  2. On Writing – Stephen King
  3. Stein On Writing – Sol Stein
  4. On Writing Well – William Zinsser
  5. The War of Art – Steven Pressfield
  6. The First 5 Pages – Noah Lukeman
  7. No One Wants To Read Your Shit – Shaun Coyne
  8. The :Emotional Craft of Fiction – Donald Maas
  9. The Hero With a Thousand Faces – Joseph Campbell
  10. Zen in the Art of Writing – Ray Bradbury
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