Booking Through Thursday - Manual Labor

Writing guides, grammar books, punctuation how-tos . . . do you read them? Not read them? How many writing books, grammar books, dictionaries–if any–do you have in your library?
I am COMPLETELY addicted to writing books. I can comfortably say I have at least 40 books on writing. I have one paper dictionary that I use right now. I mostly look up words online. I have a rhyming dictionary and a whole bunch of baby naming books.

Here are some of my favorites:

I love books by and about writers too. I also use non writing books to expand my creativity. There are a lot of great ideas in most self help books that can be applied to writing.

So what is your SINGLE absolute favorite writing book or book about a writer?


  1. I agree with your last paragraph.

    Thanks for sharing with us your books on writing. Some of them looks interesting and I've to check them up. :)

  2. There is something very compelling about the craft of the written word. I love reading about writer's and their journey's as well.

  3. I love those writing books too. I've collected a few. I think it's in the hopes that great writing will rub off on me!

  4. A poetry Handbook by Mary Oliver wins hands down!

    My BTT post!

  5. I love your list of writing helps. I've had Bird By Bird on my to be read list, but now I've add the others too, thanks. I agree that nonwriting books (such as great novels) can help me learn how to write just as much as these others: there's nothing like watching a pro in action and I get that by reading! I say it's impossible to limit things to a single favorite.

  6. Hi Megan :)

    I am taking down the titles, thank-you for the info. I have read quite a few books on writitng also.

  7. I don't have a favorite book about writing or about a writer. :-( I am not usually drawn to books about writing. I use certain types of books as reference tools, but not so much for leisure reading.

  8. I think I'm becoming as addicted to writing as I am to reading but I don't find books about writing help me much, but I do like reading them.

  9. Writing books can certainly be hit and miss. Some simply state the obvious, others ramble, others are Monets (appealing at a distance, but incomprehensible up close) and then there are the gems.

    I do love a good dictionary though!

  10. I'm so glad you stopped by to read my post, and now I'm so glad I found yours. I'm going to take your suggestions--and look for Beyond the Words, The Art & Craft of the Short Story, and The Forest for the Trees. As you might be able to tell, I'm addicted, too!


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