Sherri — a regular reader at my weblog — asked me recently what books I’d recommend to somebody who has just started writing fiction. It’s a reasonable question, as there are about a bazillion how-to-write-a best-selling-novel-and-get-published books out there.
There are several distinct subcategories of the writing-related how-to books — craft, theory, inspiration, marketing/sales, reference, exercise — and in each of these there are good and bad (that is, less than useful) books. I personally am primarily interested in books that fall into the areas of craft, inspiration, and reference.
Reference books aimed directly at writers have to be approached with great caution. Some of them are expertly put together. For example: