Books I’d recommend for writers:
The Elements of Style – Strunk & White
The smallest (and best) book covering the elementary rules of vocabulary usage and principles of composition you’ll ever need.
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers (or how to edit yourself into print) – Rennie Browne & Dave King
A really useful book by two very resepected American Editors.
On Writing – Stephen King
Half memoir, half writer’s manual, all entertainment.
Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook
The industry bible to the published and unpublished alike.
Now I have a number of other books on my shelves that I don’t have the same enthusiasm for, so I’m not going to promote them here. One book I have been recommended to read time and again is aimed for screenplay writers, but I am told is of equal use to the novelist. That’s Story, by Robert McKee.
Any other suggestions?
Update 20th September: Darksculptures has added two to the list:
Bird by Bird – Anne Lamott
Zen in the Art of Writing – Ray Bradbury