The best writing advice has been given to me by writers in book form. And even more than writing-as-craft, life-as-a-writer and writing-as-art lessons have been important influences in my development as a writer.
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. 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:
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.
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss
Another grammar guide. But it’s funny, as well as informational.
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A little outdated, and you’re not likely to agree with everything, but this book definitely had the flavor of Hollywood.
And not a book, but…
Brandon Sanderson’s 318R lecture series
If you like learning in a university environment, Brandon Sanderson’s 2016 BYU course is available on Youtube.