Here is a listing (far from complete) of books that I’ve found useful in the pursuit of writing. I’ve divided this list into categories arbitrarily, but this is the way I’ve found them to be of use to me. Perhaps you’ll disagree, but you’re allowed to; each has his or her own way of doing things. That’s why we all write differently.
- A Writer’s Paris; a guided journey for the creative soul
by Eric Maisel
For me, entries 03 and 08 were crucial reads and re-reads as I began.
- The Art of War for Writers
by James Scott Bell
Lots of good stuff here. A little cheerleading, and a little kicking in the pants.
- Beginnings, Middles and Ends
by Nancy Kress
Where does your writing lag, your story start to drag? This can help you overcome it.
- A Writer’s Book of Days
by Judy Reeves
I got this when I was just starting out, and I needed something to keep me writing on a daily (or almost daily) basis. This fit the bill, and some days, I go back to it still.
by Kate Wilhelm
Both fun to read and educational; who can beat that?
- Self-Editing for Fiction Writers
by Renni Browne & David King
- The Elements of Style
by William Strunk Jr. and E. B. White
- The Writer’s Digest Character Naming Sourcebook
by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Yes, old-school indeed in this age of online databases. But I love looking up words in books, love dictionaries of all kinds and the cool thing you stumble across by accident. So it is here. Also, while limited in scope (it is a book, after all), I like the breadth of languages presented.