I really like reading writing books.
When I had first begun to think seriously about my work, writing-as-craft books were very useful in helping me gauge my progress. And nowadays, it’s just comforting to be able to read from someone else who understands what it’s like to write.
But though I try to add every book I read to my Goodreads, I’m admittedly just not very good at doing that. You can visit my Goodreads nonfiction shelf to see the most comprehensive list of writing books I have so far. And even more recommended, Goodreads has a much better list of their own.
However, if you don’t feel like browsing, here’s my personal favorites list of writing books:
Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
My favorite book. Though Rilke is writing to another poet, his words of advice and thoughts concerning loneliness are universal to all writers.
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
Probably the most recommended book on the making of a writer, ever.
The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr., E.B. White
Recommended to me by one of my literature professors. It’s a handbook/grammar manual, and fairly short.
Save the Cat: The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need by Blake Snyder
A little outdated, and you’re not likely to agree with everything, but this book definitely had the flavor of Hollywood.