9 outstanding books about writing

These tomes can help you brush up on fundamentals, gain insights from prolific novelists or learn how and where to peddle your prose.

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Most writers will tell you that the No. 1 thing you can do to improve your writing prowess is to read—a lot.

Read anything and everything you can find, and you’ll become a better writer, according to conventional wisdom.

While you’re packing your brain with knowledge, why not include a few writing-focused books on your reading list? The titles below can add a lot to any writer’s library—from helping you hone your craft to finding inspiration and determining where to pitch your ideas.

1. “On Writing” by Stephen King

Part memoir, part guidebook, Stephen King’s “On Writing” will appeal even to those who avoid King’s renowned horror-packed tales. In this book, King discusses how he came to be the writer we know today.

He also includes a toolkit packed with tips for beginners and a reading list with a few of his own favorites. Written in his signature style, this witty read will keep you entertained-and soaking up some great ideas.

2. Bird by Bird” by Anne Lamott

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