I’ve been a professional Starving Writer for nearly 20 years, and while I’m proud of my craft, I know I’m a long way from being perfect. When I first started out as a writer, I read everything about writing I could get my hands on, hoping to learn some secret formula to being a best-selling author. It doesn’t work that way. I’ve learned a lot, and continue to learn, from only a handful of books, and if you’re interested in writing, even if it’s just the occasional English paper, you ought to read them, too. Here are 7 great books for writers.
1. “the Elements of Style” by William Strunk and E.B. White
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When this book was released in 1958, it was an instant classic, a primer for anyone who wanted to write well. It simplifies the rules of grammar and makes an extraordinarily handy reference tool. Any writer worth his salt, regardless of what type of writing he does, has read, and loves, this book.