1) On Writing by Stephen King.
This was the first book on writing I read, and because of it, I finally made the decision to take writing seriously. It was one of the best decisions I ever made.
2) Plot & Structure by James Scott Bell
Finishing the first draft of my first novel was a breeze. I’d been writing scenes of it and thinking about it for literally a decade. Turning it into an actual novel, however, was another story entirely. This book is one of the reasons I’m still a writer today.
3) Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande
One of the first books I read from my graduate program’s recommended reading list, this book taught me that I’m not crazy the way my brain works as a writer is normal.
4) Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose
Another first read from my program’s recommended list, this book was the beginning of a major change in my reading habits. Now reading is not just for recharging my writing batteries, but for research as well. I believe this new habit more than anything has helped to improve my writing this past year.