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Top 10 Books on Writing, by Writers

20 Jul

A writer may read for the enjoyment of it, as the enjoyment of reading is likely the incipient factor thrusting most of us naively along the writer’s path, but a serious writer no longer reads solely for the pleasure of reading alone.

Once we become aware of things like plot, and story, and characters, we begin paying closer attention to the forms and archetypes used by our favourite writers. Eventually we start picking up, or purposely examine the more in depth elements that make fulminate in a writer’s style – things like sentence structure, choice of wording, points of view, employed metaphors etc.

And eventually we understand that, to keep our imagination energized and our style fresh, we need to continue reading, and reading good material.

Enter this week’s PrefectWriting’s Tuesday Top 10 list.

PrefectWriting’s List of Top 10 Books on Writing, by Writers

In no particular order -

  1. The Elements of Style (aka Strunk and White) – William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White (On Amazon, 50th aniversary edition: My Affiliate Link | Affiliate Free Link )
  2. A Writer’s Diary – Virginia Woolf (On Amazon: My Affiliate Link | Affiliate Free Link)
  3. On Writing – Stephen King (on Amazon: My Affiliate Link | Affiliate Free Link)
  4. The Art & Craft of Novel Writing – Oakley Hall (On Amazon: My Affiliate Link | Affiliate Free Link)
  5. How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy – Orson Scott Card (On Amazon: My Affiliate Link | Affiliate Free Link )
  6. Ernest Hemingway on Writing – Ernest Hemingway (On Amazon: My Affiliate Link | Affiliate Free Link)
  7. The Notebooks of Henry James – Henry James (On Amazon: My Affiliate Link | Affiliate Free Link )
  8. The Crack-up – F. Scott Fitzgerald (On Amazon: My Affiliate Link | Affiliate Free Link )
  9. I to Myself: An Annotated Selection from the Journal of Henry D. Thoreau – Henry D. Thoreau (On Amazon: My Affiliate Link | Affiliate Free Link)
  10. The Notebooks of Anton Chekhov – Anton Chekhov (On Amazon: My Affiliate Link | Affiliate Free Link)
  11. Zen in the Art of Writing: Releasing the Creative Genius Within You – Ray Bradbury (On Amazon: My Affiliate LinkAffiliate Free Link )

Enjoy!