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Great Writing Guides

Matthew Cheney
 
Writing With Power: Techniques for Mastering the Writing Process
Writing With Power: Techniques for Mastering the Writing Process
"A vast and wonderful toolkit"
Style: Toward Clarity and Grace (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing)
Style: Toward Clarity and Grace (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing)
"Far more useful and comprehensive than Strunk & White"
The Craft of Revision
The Craft of Revision
"Useful if you're stuck with how to revise."
About Writing: Seven Essays, Four Letters, & Five Interviews
About Writing: Seven Essays, Four Letters, & Five Interviews
"Brilliant ideas and advice for writers of all sorts.  No-one who wants to be a professional writer should be without this book."
On Becoming a Novelist
On Becoming a Novelist
"Not just for novelists -- an amazing compendium of wisdom, sometimes curmudgeonly"
Writing with Style: Conversations on the Art of Writing (2nd Edition)
Writing with Style: Conversations on the Art of Writing (2nd Edition)
"Great for novices, pretty good for the more experienced"
Why I Write: Thoughts on the Craft of Fiction (Back Bay Book)
Why I Write: Thoughts on the Craft of Fiction (Back Bay Book)
"Answers to the fundamental question -- certainly not limited to fiction writers"
Telling Stories: An Anthology for Writers
Telling Stories: An Anthology for Writers
"A unique collection for learning about the possibilities of narrative in all genres"
The Writer's Presence: A Pool of Readings
The Writer's Presence: A Pool of Readings
"A magnificent, rich, diverse anthology"
Pushcart's Complete Rotten Reviews and Rejections: A History of Insult, A Solace to Writers (Revised & Expanded)
Pushcart's Complete Rotten Reviews and Rejections: A History of Insult, A Solace to Writers (Revised & Expanded)
"Necessary for the spirit"
About This Life: Journeys on the Threshold of Memory
About This Life: Journeys on the Threshold of Memory
"The introduction alone is worth the price of the book, but much else here is wise and thoughtful -- not just about writing, but life"
The Poet's Notebook: Excerpts from the Notebooks of 26 American Poets
The Poet's Notebook: Excerpts from the Notebooks of 26 American Poets
"A direct look inside the creative process"
Burning Down the House: Essays on Fiction
Burning Down the House: Essays on Fiction
"Essential for the fiction writer"
First Person Singular: Writers on Their Craft
First Person Singular: Writers on Their Craft
"A diverse and surprising collection of essays and interviews"
Writing in Flow
Writing in Flow
"Few other books give such a useful view of various writers' processes.  A wonderful application of insights from psychology to the craft and art of writing."