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LinkedIn group shares their favorite fiction and nonfiction must-reads
Looking for a good book on writing?
Maybe it’s just me, but bookstores can be overwhelming at times. Amid the many wonderful options, I’m trying to recall various recommendations from friends while eyeing the best-sellers looming around every corner. Ah, the pressure!
What’s a writer who’s looking for a good book to do in this situation?
Crowd-source the question, and then make a list.
Members of the PR Daily
LinkedIn group shared their must-reads
for writers. From self-help to inspirational, here are the titles they think every writer should read.
How-to/self-help writing books:
The Elements of Style
by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White—a classic
The Elements of Grammar
by Margaret D. Shertzer
On Becoming a Novelist
by John Gardner
Make Your Words Work
by Gary Provost
On Writing Well
by William Zinsser
Bird by Bird
by Anne Lamott (It’s not really about birds.)
Zen and the Art of Writing
by Ray Bradbury
How to Write a Lot
by Paul Silvia
Eats, Shoots and Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation
by Lynne Truss
by Stephen King
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles
by Steven Pressfield
The dictionary: Expand that vocabulary.
The thesaurus: There’s always a simpler (or, at least, better) way to say it.
The AP Stylebook
: It’s many writers’ bible.
Fiction – for inspiration:
The Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
by James Joyce. It’s “like eating incredibly rich cheesecake,” said public affairs professional William Mecke
The House of Leaves
by Mark Z. Danielewski
by Tom Robbins
The Adventures of Augie March
by Saul Bellow
by Kurt Vonnegut
The Grapes of Wrath
by John Steinbeck
On the Road
by Jack Kerouac. The trend-setting novel “gives a writer permission to stay within technical accuracy while cruising prose and lobbing emotion,” said learning consultant David Harris
“Mark Twain's Rules of Writing” by Mark Twain (part of the longer Twain essay “Literary Offenses of James Fenimore Cooper.”)
What books do you plan to pick up next at the bookstore?