28 of the best writing books ever written

February 27, 2018 | Writing


Signature — a site claiming that it is “making well-read sense of the world” — points out that writing is, as a general rule, hard. Defining yourself as a writer can be even harder. Sure, there are other difficult practices like law and medicine out there, but a person becomes a lawyer or a doctor when he or she passes a series of exams and graduates from a certain school. Writing doesn’t always work that way. There aren’t tests to study for and facts to memorize. Where are we supposed to learn how to write?

From grammar rules to publishing advice to personal narratives, Signature identifies 28 books on writing that reveal in intimate detail the ins and outs of what it means to call yourself a writer. Sometimes harsh, sometimes funny, but always honest, they can be thought of as a kind of syllabus for writing. Whether you’re an aspiring artist working on your first drafts or a seasoned veteran in the publishing world, these are some of the best books on writing with insight and wisdom that can support you at all stages of your writing process.

I have personally read many of these books and can attest there is tremendous value in becoming a student of the writing process — something veteran writers often discontinue doing, erroneously thinking they have somehow mastered the craft. Don’t make that mistake. And to this list from Signature, I would add two more titles that are among the best out there: The Art and Craft of Feature Writing: Based on the Wall Street Journal Writing Guide by William E. Blundell, Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting by Robert McKee, and Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wickedly Effective Prose by Constance Hale.

Click here to read Signature’s rundown of the best writing books.

Mike Consol teaches public speaking, PowerPoint presentation skills and business writing to companies and business professionals. Contact him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 925-449-1040.

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