Best Books on Writing
Books on writing, grammar, punctuation, spelling, and more.
1 On Writing: A Memoir of the...
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2 The Elements of Style
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3 Bird by Bird: Some Instruct...
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4 Writing Down the Bones: Fre...
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5 Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The ...
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6 The Artist's Way: A Spiritu...
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7 Zen in the Art of Writing
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8 On Writing Well: The Classi...
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9 No Plot? No Problem!: A Low...
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10 A Room of One's Own
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11 Self-Editing for Fiction Wr...
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12 Story: Style, Structure, Su...
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13 The Art of Fiction: Notes o...
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14 Characters and Viewpoint
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15 How to Write Science Fictio...
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16 The Hero with a Thousand Faces
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17 Why I Write
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18 Becoming a Writer
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19 Stein On Writing: A Master ...
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20 Reading Like a Writer: A Gu...
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21 Writing the Breakout Novel
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22 The Writer's Journey: Mythi...
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23 The Right to Write: An Invi...
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24 The War of Art: Break Throu...
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25 Save the Cat!: The Last Boo...
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26 A Moveable Feast
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27 Adventures in the Screen Trade
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28 Techniques of the Selling W...
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29 Wild Mind: Living the Write...
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30 Screenplay: The Foundations...
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31 If You Want to Write: A Boo...
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32 The Writing Life
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33 On Becoming a Novelist
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34 Plot & Structure: Technique...
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35 The First Five Pages: A Wri...
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36 How to Write a Damn Good No...
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37 Letters to a Young Poet
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38 Writing Tools: 50 Essential...
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39 Beginnings, Middles & Ends
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40 The Emotion Thesaurus: A Wr...
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41 Speak, Memory
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42 The Deluxe Transitive Vampi...
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43 Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules o...
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44 Ernest Hemingway on Writing
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45 A Writer's Diary
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46 Page After Page: Discover t...
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47 Steering the Craft: Exercis...
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48 Write Away: One Novelist's ...
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49 Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe'...
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49 Aspects of the Novel
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51 The Plot Thickens: 8 Ways t...
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52 Story Engineering: Characte...
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53 Telling Lies for Fun & Profit
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54 How to Grow a Novel: The Mo...
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55 Mystery and Manners: Occasi...
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56 One Writer's Beginnings (Wi...
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57 GMC: Goal, Motivation and C...
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58 How Not to Write a Novel: 2...
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59 The Forest for the Trees
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60 The Anatomy of Story: 22 St...
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61 The Courage to Write: How W...
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62 On Literature
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63 The Writer's Portable Mento...
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64 How to Write the Perfect No...
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64 The Making of a Poem
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66 Outlining Your Novel: Map Y...
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67 The New Well Tempered Sente...
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68 Hooked: Write Fiction That ...
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69 Writing Fiction: A Guide to...
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69 Sin and Syntax: How to Craf...
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71 Chapter After Chapter: Disc...
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72 Characters, Emotion & Viewp...
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73 Wired for Story: The Writer...
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74 Writing Fiction For Dummies
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75 Scene and Structure
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76 Solutions For Novelists: Se...
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77 Creating Short Fiction: The...
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78 What If?  Writing Exercises...
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79 Making a Literary Life
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80 Sometimes the Magic Works: ...
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81 On Writing
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82 From Suits To Sweats: How T...
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83 Style: Toward Clarity and G...
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84 The Rose Metal Press Field ...
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85 The Language of the Night: ...
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86 Description
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87 Manuscript Makeover: Revisi...
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88 How to Read Literature Like...
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89 The Scene Book: A Primer fo...
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90 Which Lie Did I Tell?: More...
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91 Anguished English: An Antho...
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92 MFA in a Box
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92 Monkeys with Typewriters: H...
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94 The Triggering Town: Lectur...
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95 The Art of Dramatic Writing
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96 Spunk & Bite: A Writer's Gu...
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97 Save the Cat! Goes to the M...
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98 My Story Can Beat Up Your S...
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99 Words Fail Me: What Everyon...
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100 Anybody Can Write
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message 1: by Ilze (new)

Ilze ... an no-one has even mentioned Julia Cameron??!


message 2: by Merrilee (new)

Merrilee Ilze wrote: "... an no-one has even mentioned Julia Cameron??!"
I voted for her :)


message 3: by Ilze (new)

Ilze Phew!


message 4: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting by syd field ...enjoyable read love the refrences to great movies and his personal experience, its very well written and keeps u intrested ...:)


message 5: by Illise (new)

Illise Montoya Spunk and Bite. If you want to find ways to energize your writing, this book will do it!


message 6: by James (new)

James Piper Janet Burroway's Writing Fiction should be first on the list, but I know why. It's a dense read, geared towards formal studies.


message 7: by Michael (new)

Michael T Story Engineering is outstanding


message 8: by Beth A. (new)

Beth A. I seem to recall reading one of those books on grammar for the doomed and found it easy on the brain. By the by,I have a new writing group I'm trying to get started here:

http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/6...

I also posted a listopia list that includes my favorite poets there as well.


message 10: by Rachel (new)

Rachel Willis I agree that Burroway's Writing Fiction is the best of the best when it comes to books on writing. Though geared toward the academic setting, it can be easily used by the casual writer. Each chapter covers a different aspect of writing, includes exercises to hone that part of your writing, and short stories that exemplify the lesson.


message 11: by Book'd (last edited Feb 07, 2013 09:52PM) (new)

Book'd Well, I doubt if
Twilight
Pride and Prejudice
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
And Then There Were None

belong with this category. Isn't this supposed to be the Best Books on Writing list?


message 12: by Ilze (new)

Ilze Ha-ha! Clearly some people just want to put "Twilight" into every list they can find ...


message 13: by Alice (last edited Aug 10, 2013 08:55PM) (new)

Alice Ilze wrote: "Ha-ha! Clearly some people just want to put "Twilight" into every list they can find ..."

There's so many fiction books that shouldn't be on this list.


message 14: by Thérèse (new)

Thérèse Ilze wrote: "... an no-one has even mentioned Julia Cameron??!"
She's mentioned twice. I voted for her.


message 15: by Ilze (new)

Ilze Wonderful!! :)


message 16: by Tracyyang (new)

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