No matter if you are a professional or novice writer, you should always try to improve your writing skills further. One way to do this is to find a good book on writing, but choosing the right book is not such an easy task. Fortunately, when it comes to books on writing, the most popular books are the best ones. Here is a list of some of the most popular books on writing.
The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression by Angela Ackerman
This great book deals with all sorts of human emotions and how they can be depicted through your book characters, their actions and their thoughts. This book is so useful that it is a must for all writers who write novels and short stories.
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
This book tells a story about one of the greatest writers of our time, Stephen King. It shows what kinds of problems the author has had to deal with in his writing career. Although, this book is more of an autobiography than a handbook on writing, it provides a lot of examples of how to improve your writing skills. Even if you are not a fan of Stephen King’s work, this book can help you improve your writing skills significantly.
The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr.
The fact that this book has remained popular for almost a century since it was first published in 1920 proves how useful and great it is. The book covers various topics, such as how to use commas, dashes, and other punctuation marks, how to choose words properly and how avoid overusing certain words.
The First Five Pages: A Writer’s Guide to Staying Out of the Rejection Pile by Noah Lukeman
This book focuses on teaching you how to be successful in the writing industry. It stresses the importance of making the beginning of your book more interesting in order to attract the attention of both readers and publishing agents. Furthermore, it explains some reasons why some books were declined by agents and provides tips on what you should do to improve the first pages of your book.
How to Write Dazzling Dialogue: The Fastest Way to Improve Any Manuscript by James Scott Bell
If you are interested in making the dialogs in your book more compelling, this is the best book for you. This book teaches you how to create interesting dialogs that will fit in with the plot of your book and that will deepen the personality of your characters.
The Emotional Craft of Fiction: How to Write the Story Beneath the Surface by Donald Maass
This book takes a bit different approach to teaching writing. It explains that writers must do their best to evoke strong emotions in the readers if they want to create a memorable book. Writers must get into the psyche of their characters and imagine what they would do if they were that character. This can make your book far more relatable.
These are only a few of the most popular books at the moment, but if you want to perfect your writing skills, you should not stop here. The more your read, the better reading material you will be able to create.