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Twenty Books that Aspiring Writers Should Own

Every writer needs a few writing resources to refer to for assistance, such as a dictionary or thesaurus. Here are 20 books that every writer should own:

 Reference

  1. Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary
  2. The Oxford American Writer’s
  3. The Yale Book of Quotations
  4. The Chicago Manual of Style 15th Edition: The Essential Guide for Writers, editors, and publishers
  5. The Portable MFA in Creative Writing

 

Writing

  1. The Elements of Style by Strunk and White
  2. On Writing Well by William Zinsser
  3. The Little Red Writing:20 Principles of Structure, Style, and Readability Book by Brandon Royal

 

Poetry

  1. The Poet’s Companion: A Guide to the Pleasures of Writing Poetry by Kim Addonizio and Dorianne Laux
  2. The Discovery of Poetry: A Field Guide to Reading and Writing Poems by Frances Mayers
  3. The Life Poetic: An Invitation to Read and Write Poetry by Sage Cohen

 

Fiction

  1. The Art and Craft of Storytelling: A Comprehensive Guide to Classic Writing Techniques by Nancy Lamb
  2. How to Read Novels Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster
  3. 13 Ways of Looking at the Novel by Jane Smiley
  4. A Passion for Narrative: A Guide for Writing Fiction by Jack Hodgins
  5. Creative Writing: A Guide and Glossary to Fiction Writing by Colin Bulman

 

Creative Nonfiction

  1. Handbook of Magazine Article Writing 2nd Edition
  2. The Art of the Personal Essay by Phillip Lopate
  3. The Best American Essays Series

 

Freelance Writing

  • Getting Started as a Freelance Writer by Robert Bly

“Knowledge is power.” The more you learn, the better your writing will become. So, read these books and refer to them when you need assistance.

If you have any other recommendations, please post a comment or contact me at davehood59@gmail.com .

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