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Top 10 Essential Writing Books

These are my Top 10 Essential Writing Books for any writer, no matter what their experience level.

  1. Zen & the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury
  2. Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Second Edition: How to Edit Yourself Into Print by Browne & King
  3. The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide To Character Expression by Ackerman
  4. Scene & Structure by Bickham
  5. Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight V. Swain
  6. Beginnings, Middles & Ends by Kress
  7. The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition by Strunk & White
  8. On Writing by Stephen King
  9. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
  10. Let’s Get Visible (and probably its predecessor, Let’s Get Digital) by David Gaughran

Got any you think should be on this list? Let me know in the comments.