25 Books Guaranteed to Make You a Better Writer

Everyone has a story to tell. And pretty much everyone (at least everyone of a certain variety) has dreamed about writing that story down and sharing it with the world. But, er, how?

Whether you’re a fledgling scribbler or a seasoned one, there are a ton of books out there that will inspire you, guide you, and offer you sage advice that might just pop into your mind one cold November afternoon when you’re writing your novel and wondering why you can’t get this character to actually walk down the stairs. To help you sift through the masses, here are some of the best writers’ guide books, from collections of craft essays to nuts-and-bolts how-tos to collage/memoir/odes to creativity — all guaranteed to make you a better writer of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or whatever hybrid form you may choose. Check them out, and get inspired.