Top Writing Books

Below are some of the top books on writing available at They should help you to not only brush up on your writing skills, but also brush up on your grammar.

The following books are listed in no particular order. If you normally buy from a different Amazon site (e.g. or other on-line store, simply copy and paste the ISBN (e.g. 097522980X) into the site search box.

The Elements of Style, William Strunk (

On Writing, Stephen King (

On Writing Well, William Zinsser (

Grammar Girls Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing, Mignon Fogarty (

100 Ways to Improve Your Writing, Gary Provost

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, Anne Lamott (

Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within, Natalie Goldberg (

Eats, Shoots & Leaves, Lynne Truss (

Grammatically Correct, Anne Stilman (

Line by Line: How to Edit Your Own Writing, Claire Kehrwald Cook (

The Well-Fed Writer, Peter Bowerman (

The Well-Fed Writer: Back for Seconds, Peter Bowerman (

Techniques of the Selling Writer, Dwight V. Swain (

Make a Real Living as a Freelance Writer, Jenna Glatzer (

The Book on Writing, Paula LaRocque (

This is by no means an exhaustive list but one that may lead you in the right direction with your writing. So why not grab yourself a few early Christmas presents.

Kristy Taylor is a syndicated freelance journalist with articles and short stories strewn across all forms of media. She has written and published numerous books, and is the executive editor of KT Publishing, which encompasses several web sites. For free listings of short story competitions visit

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