If you want to learn more about the art of storytelling, then reading some epic novels will get you inspired and into the swing of things. The following novels have broken records in sales, and some people have reread them countless times to draw inspiration for their own writing.

The Lord of The Rings by JRR Tolkien

The Lord of the Rings was published in 1954. The depth of its characters and storyline would set the bar high for fantasy writers to come. The works of Tolkien have inspired countless authors, and there seem to be many elements of his work that are still found in stories today. 

The influence of The Lord of The Rings is a prime example of how storytelling can enrich the lives of people who read them.

The Pillars of The Earth by Ken Follet

This novel has been rated among the all-time best novels in the UK. It takes the reader back to the renaissance era. Follet tells the story in a way that makes you feel like you are there among the peasants, lords, and priests. Fans of architecture will also find plenty of inspiration by reading this well-researched story.

IT by Stephen King

Stephen King is arguably one of the most popular authors alive today, with millions of his books being sold every year. IT is probably one of his longest tales, with over 1000 pages to enthral readers with the epic journey of friends (with complex backstories) who work together to destroy an evil clown. 

This novel is a prime example of complex characterization during story development. 

A Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

Viktor Frankl lived through the concentration camps during World War 2 and survived all its trials and tribulations to become one of the most recognized psychologists of his time. This book tells the story about his life in the concentration camps and his search for the meaning of life. This story will inspire admirers of non-fiction and fiction alike. 

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

This self-help book has sold over 20 million copies. In this book, Covey teaches you how to unlock your true potential by creating habits that put you on the path to success. For writers who are looking to make a success of their profession, this book will help you to ‘’sharpen the saw’’ by helping you to utilize your strengths in the most efficient way. 

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For storytellers that would like to improve their writing skills, the answer is simple; read more, and you will see how inspiration drives you towards achieving your writing goals.