The Writer's Bookshelf

A Listmania! list by nike (Rupetta) (Australia)
The list author says: "These are the writing books I recommend to other writers, over and over again."
The Writing Life
1.  The Writing Life by Annie Dillard
The list author says:
  "My favourite of all time. Start here, and then read all of her works."
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A Passion for Narrative: A Guide to Writing Fiction - Revised Edition
2.  A Passion for Narrative: A Guide to Writing Fiction - Revised Edition by Jack Hodgins
The list author says:
  "A solid, engaging, practical guide for writers just starting out, and those with more experience. Lots of writing exercises (I've never done one of them, but some people like that kind of thing), and reading lists."
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Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
3.  Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
The list author says:
  "Personal, engaging, wide-ranging, honest. A great book for reminding you that it's hard work, yes it is, but that it's also one of the most enjoyable, strange and stimulating things you can pursue as a career or 'hobby'."
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The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film
4.  The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film by Michael Ondaatje
The list author says:
  "Not quite like the others in this list: this book is a series of conversations between the film editor and Walter Murch, and the novelist/poet Michael Ondaatje. A wide-ranging and enlightening conversation about editing, images, story, character, adaptation ..."
$16.82   Used & New from: $7.22
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

Fowler's Modern English Usage
5.  Fowler's Modern English Usage by R. W. Burchfield
The list author says:
  "Because you NEED a good style guide :)"
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Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them (P.S.)
6.  Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them (P.S.) by Francine Prose
The list author says:
  "Because you should be reading before and after you write. Because reading is what makes writers. Because although I don't agree with all Prose's analyses or choices about what to include (or exclude), it's a damn fine place to start."
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Oxford English Dictionary: 20 vol. print set & CD ROM
7.  Oxford English Dictionary: 20 vol. print set & CD ROM by J. A. Simpson
The list author says:
  "I wouldn't really buy the whole 20-volume set, now redundant, but would instead recommend a subscription to the online OED. And subscribing to their Word of the Day."
$1,225.50   Used & New from: $1,180.40
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)

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