5 Books on Writing, Freelancing, and Creativity

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If you’re a writer, freelancer, or creative pro, chances are that you’ve been looking for some new books to read. Well, here they are! I want to share the five books on writing that I’m excited to read to boost my freelancing career. The topics range from writing tips and tricks to freelancing advice and creative thinking. Look at the list below for some great additions to your wishlist.

7 Stages of… Good Grief! Freelancer Na’ Ko?!

For some independent professionals, shifting from corporate to freelancer is easy. But for others, the process can be a struggle. This book on freelancing tells the story of one such journey with seven stopovers along the way.

Freelancing can be lonely at times. There are moments when I doubt myself and wonder if freelancing is worth the sacrifice of leaving the corporate world. By reading Karen Fernandez, a.k.a. Raketchick’s story, I hope to be assured and motivated to go further.

Light the Dark: Writers on Creativity, Inspiration, and the Artistic Process

46 novelists share their favorite passage from an inspiring novel, song, or poem in this book on writing. They do this by asking, “What inspires you?” Incredible stories of life-changing encounters with art emerge. For example, Khaled Hosseini writes how sneaking books into his security guard job helped him learn that nothing he creates will ever be finished.

On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction

With over a million copies sold worldwide and published 40 years ago, On Writing Well has stood out throughout all these years. Whether you want to write about people or places, business, the arts, or even your memoirs, one of the must-read books on writing offers fundamental principles and insights from a distinguished writer and teacher. It is an essential resource for writers of all levels looking to improve their writing skills.

Travels with A Writing Brush: Classical Japanese Travel Writing from Manyoshu to Basho

This anthology of Japanese travel writing contains songs, diaries, tales, and poetry. It ranges from famous writing pieces like Basho’s work to the diary of a girl who longs to return home. With intense poetic experience at its core, this collection sheds light on over a millennium of literary tradition. I’ve been eyeing this book on writing for a year now.

Copywriting: Successful Writing for Design, Advertising, and Marketing

Copywriting is a vital component of any marketing campaign. This book on writing will teach you to create content using the basics of the craft, insightful interviews with leading copywriters, and illustrated case studies of major brands. You’ll learn everything there is to know about creative writing techniques to be confident and versatile when it comes time for your turn at the bat!

About the author

Carla Tensuan is a freelance writer, editor, and communications specialist. She specializes in crafting creative copy, blog content, and press releases. She enjoys listening to podcasts, reading books, and practicing yoga in her free time. She lives with her husband in Manila, Philippines.