Last week, we asked a simple question (inspired by Flashlight Worthy Book Recommendations): What books helped you learn how to write?
Responses have poured in ever since we asked, a virtual bookshelf full of writing handbooks by teachers, authors, and bestselling novelists. Be sure to check out the original Flashlight Worthy Book Recommendations post, Ten Great Books on Writing.
The complete list of reader-submitted suggestions follows after the jump. If you missed the first round, feel free to add your favorites in the comments. We’ll periodically update the list for readers.
Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande
Zen and the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury
On Writer’s Block by Victoria Nelson
The Art of Fiction by John Gardner
The Lie that Tells a Truth by John Dufresne
Aspects of the Novel by E.M. Forster
On Writing by Stephen King
78 Reasons Why Your Book May Never Be Published and 14 Reasons Why It Just Might by Pat Walsh
Characters & Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card
Scene & Structure by Jack M. Bickham
Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass.
The Elements of Story Telling–How to Write Compelling Fiction by Peter Rubie
- Anita Diamant, Elena Ferrante, & Héctor Tobar Debut On the Indie Bestseller List
- Haruki Murakami, James Patterson, & Shannon Hale Debut On the Indie Bestseller List
- James Patterson, Jacqueline Woodson, & Al Michaels Debut On the Indie Bestseller List
- David Baldacci, Tony Robbins, & Anna Dewdney Debut On the Indie Bestseller List