Reading List on Books About Writing

I have read many more books than these, but have not found all of the equally useful. This is a list of books I would recommend to any writer.

Books Written to Help Writers

Patricia Highsmith, Plotting and Writing Suspense Fiction
Mary Kole, Writing Irresistible Kidlit
John Mullen, How Novels Work
Francine Prose, Reading Like a Writer
John Yorke, Into the Woods: A Five Act Journey Into Story

Very Practical Books on Grammar and Editing

Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi, The Emotion Thesaurus
Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi, Emotion Amplifiers, free ebook
Kehrwald Cook, Line by Line: How to Edit Your Own Writing
Strunk and White, Elements of Style
R. L. Trask, The Penguin Guide to Punctuation

Books of Literary Criticism and History

These are general books. There are some more specific books listed my Fairy Tale Reading List.

Christopher Booker, Seven Basic Plots
E.M. Forster, Aspects of the Novel
C.S. Lewis, Experiments in Criticism
David Lodge, The Art of Fiction
Virginia Woolf, The Common Reader
Virginia Woolf, The Second Common Reader

Inspiration & Novels About Writing

Italo Calvino, If On a Winter’s Night a Traveller, a novel about reading and writing
Mason Currey, Daily Rituals: How Artists Work
Robertson Davies, The Merry Heart
E.M. Delafield Diary of a Provincial Lady & sequels. The provincial lady’s first book is published in the interval between the original Diary and The Provincial Lady Goes Further. The Provincial Lady in America deals with a book tour.

Websites for Writers

Writers Helping Writers – By the authors of the Emotion Thesaurus. Worksheets (e.g. character, plot, setting) and further free, short thesauruses. (Thesauri?)