I don’t know about you, but I have a lot of writing books. For most of them, they are kind of redundant, so one day I was looking through my bookcase of writing books and wondered. If I narrowed it down, what books would I want to keep? Out of all of them, only 5 remained.
For this I also excluded the dictionary and thesaurus because those are a requirement in all homes.
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I genuinely sucked at grammar during school. At times I still do. It was just the way it was taught to me and went through my head as the English equivalent to Trigonometry. So last year when I attempted my Grammar series, I picked up this book.
I used this book as a reference but also as a self-taught program to improve my grammar. Each chapter is set up as a lesson, and includes a quiz at the end so you can gauge your understanding of it. Also, instead of grouping things together each part of grammar has been individualized and broken down to something that is understandable to me.
I recommend this to people who have issues with grammar, or as a supplement to the dictionary and thesaurus that is a home staple now.
This book is so tiny that I can literally put it in my bag and take it anywhere. Though not every bit of it has been adapted for the writing of today, much of it’s simple writing wisdom is essential to lean on now. I like to go back and refer to this little book often when I’m editing my own work.
Just like in college the MLA Style Guide was a neccessary thing to have, The Chicago Manual of Style is a must have for writers as many publishers still use this style guide as a go to. Though this book is the most expensive out of this list, it is worth the investment.
Half memoir, half writing manual, I am still in love with this book. The main idea behind it is that not only is he explaining what to do and what not to do, he shows you using his life experience. After reading it, I felt less alone as a writer. Plus he gives major credit to his wife, because having an honest support system is important and your significant other probably doesn’t have it easy with you.
With a set up similar to How to Read Literature Like a Professor, Proser takes literature analysis into a writer’s perspective. A good read for when you want to know how to learn from other writers.
But this is just my list. What 5 books would you keep if you could only have 5? Let me know in the comments below!