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Readers Collect the Best Writing Books

flashlightworthy.pngLast 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

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