Popular Writing Instruction Books

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On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft (Mass Market Paperback)
by (shelved 15 times as writing-instruction)
avg rating 4.28 — 202,818 ratings — published 1999
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Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life (Paperback)
by (shelved 10 times as writing-instruction)
avg rating 4.22 — 89,689 ratings — published 1994
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The Elements of Style The Elements of Style (Hardcover)
by (shelved 7 times as writing-instruction)
avg rating 4.16 — 68,965 ratings — published 1918
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Beginnings, Middles & Ends (Elements of Fiction Writing) Beginnings, Middles & Ends (Elements of Fiction Writing)
by (shelved 6 times as writing-instruction)
avg rating 3.90 — 3,412 ratings — published 1992
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Zen in the Art of Writing Zen in the Art of Writing (Paperback)
by (shelved 5 times as writing-instruction)
avg rating 4.12 — 22,144 ratings — published 1987
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The Plot Thickens: 8 Ways to Bring Fiction to Life The Plot Thickens: 8 Ways to Bring Fiction to Life (Paperback)
by (shelved 4 times as writing-instruction)
avg rating 3.86 — 1,702 ratings — published 2002
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Negotiating with the Dead Negotiating with the Dead (Paperback)
by (shelved 3 times as writing-instruction)
avg rating 3.95 — 4,201 ratings — published 2002
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Becoming a Writer Becoming a Writer (Paperback)
by (shelved 3 times as writing-instruction)
avg rating 4.04 — 6,298 ratings — published 1934
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Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success Outlining Your Novel: Map Your Way to Success (Paperback)
by (shelved 3 times as writing-instruction)
avg rating 4.07 — 3,657 ratings — published 2011
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Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from a Writing Life Sometimes the Magic Works: Lessons from a Writing Life (Paperback)
by (shelved 3 times as writing-instruction)
avg rating 4.14 — 2,104 ratings — published 2003
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Writing the Breakout Novel Writing the Breakout Novel (Paperback)
by (shelved 3 times as writing-instruction)
avg rating 4.07 — 6,121 ratings — published 2001
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The Writing Life The Writing Life (Paperback)
by (shelved 3 times as writing-instruction)
avg rating 4.06 — 16,013 ratings — published 1989
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Take Joy: A Writer's Guide to Loving the Craft Take Joy: A Writer's Guide to Loving the Craft (Paperback)
by (shelved 3 times as writing-instruction)
avg rating 4.02 — 911 ratings — published 2003
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Writing Fiction for Dummies Writing Fiction for Dummies (Paperback)
by (shelved 3 times as writing-instruction)
avg rating 4.13 — 2,626 ratings — published 2009
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“...I began planning all my work this way, beginning with a concrete student objective (e.g., to write a haiku) and a detailed analysis of the task involved, including the necessary knowledge of the form, knowledge of the kinds of content, and the procedures involved in actually producing one. I began to plan in terms of the prerequisite knowledge for a task and to delay teaching until that was in place. I began inventing activities that would make initial approaches to learning tasks simpler (e.g., providing the first line of the poem) and sequencing learning activities from easy to difficult. Underneath all this planning lay the concept of inquiry...That is, I worked to set up lessons so that the students could derive and test rules, generalizations, and interpretations for themselves. Most important, I learned that what and how much students learned was dependent on my planning and my care in bringing those plans to fruition in the classroom. I would never be able to view teaching as a hit-or-miss operation again, one that was subject to the vagaries of the weather, students' moods, and other random factors out of my control. I learned that if students did not learn, on any given day, I should look for the cause in my assumptions about the learning tasks, my planning, my teaching, or all three. I suddenly was more excited about teaching English to junior high students than about my graduate work. As I look back on it now, what I had considered a disgraceful demotion was one of the most important events in my life.”
George Hillocks Jr.

Roger Rosenblatt
“Why do we write?
"To make suffering endurable
To make evil intelligible
To make justice desirable
and . . . to make love possible”
Roger Rosenblatt, Unless It Moves the Human Heart: The Craft and Art of Writing

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