A young novelist posted on Book Blogs the other day asking for feedback on writing compelling dialogue.
Which got me thinking: What books did I find most helpful when learning the craft of storytelling?
Here are some of my favorites in no particular order:
Strunk and White's Elements of Style
Yes, some irritating English prof made you buy this in college. Dig it out of that dusty drawer and put it back on your desk.
Sol Stein's Stein on Writing
A seminal work that continues to offer up valuable insights as you pass from newbie writer to accomplished novelist.
Donald Maass' Writing the Breakout Novel
Clearly written, amusing at times, this gem of a tutorial will help you understand the marketing considerations behind your next brainchild.
Jesse Lee Kercheval's Building Fiction
Myriad examples throughout provide a step-by-step approach to creating memorable fiction.
Stephen King's On Writing
A witty, wise and eminently useful memoir written by one of the kings of fiction.