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Editor‘s Pick

Buy this if you are writing fiction. My most marked-in book. Every page is necessary information, and he writes with clarity.

Editor‘s Pick

One of the best things any writer can do is read this essay.

Editor‘s Pick

John McPhee is a writer of extraordinaily clean, accessible prose.

More good Wood. Finding the trembling self in writing.

I dare you to read this and not want to go write something brilliant.

More good Wood. His ability to synthesize and distill ideas about prose is unmatched.

A diversion into writing and the sacred tradition.

For new writers, but I love this book. Plenty to learn for all levels. Fun, accessible, shrewd instruction.

Vol 1, Building Blocks
A smart treasure trove for writers, from dozens of writers. Affordable inspiration.

Corny, yeah, but freaking Walter Mosley. Solid and inspiring.

“The Making of a Story: A Norton Guide to Creative Writing” Alice LaPlante

“How to Write Pulp Fiction” James Scott Bell

Nuts and bolts indeed. Practical writing advice from a trustworthy source, especially for genre writing.

“The Modern Library Writer's Workshop: A Guide to the Craft of Fiction” Stephen Koch, former chair of Columbia University’s graduate creative writing program.

“Sin and Syntax” Constance Hale

“The Writer’s Control of Tone” edited by Edward M. White

Editor‘s Pick

Robert Hass. Poetry, inside out. Starting with one line, then couplets, then every aspect of meaning + form. An ultimate guide for advanced writers and poets.

“The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers” by John Gardner

“On Moral Fiction” by John Gardner

“On Writers & Writing” by John Gardner