Writing well means constantly improving yourself. Here are some excellent writing guides that can walk you through the process and help you with structure, grammar, vocabulary and style, as well as reveal why writing is one of the most fulfilling activities anyone can do.
Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr: this classical short writing style guide comprises eight “elementary rules of usage”, ten “elementary principles of composition”, “a few matters of form”, a list of forty-nine “words and expressions commonly misused”, and a list of fifty-seven “words often misspelled”. It will give you all the basic rules you need to begin your writing adventure.
Writing Essays for Dummies: part of the famous series, written in their recognizable simple and readable style, this book will give you useful tips and structured advice and provide helpful techniques to improve your writing. Especially meant for students struggling with writing assignments.
100 Ways to Improve your Writing by Gary Provost: Filled with professional tips and a wealth of instructive examples, this valuable, easy-to-use handbook can help you solve many writing dilemmas. This book will teach you how to master the “flow” and communicate your thoughts in an engaging way.
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott: if you are seeking a deeper insight into what being a writer really looks like, you should read this beautifully written biographical account on author’s struggles in her own writing career. The author shares her valuable experience, stressing the importance of process, writing regularly, brainstorming, as well as offering advice on technical details like developing characters, plot and dialogue. Moreover, you will discover how to use writing as a cathartic way of dealing with life’s troubles.
Finally, don’t forget to surround yourself with great authors. Reading is one of the best ways to improve writing!