There are a lot of books on writing. When I say a lot, I mean a lot. It’s downright confusing.
I’ve read many books on writing. As far as I am concerned, there is only one book that should be required reading for every writer, regardless of the genre and the format that they write in.
Anne Lamott’s 1995 book, Bird By Bird: Some Instructions On Writing And Life should pass through every writer’s hands at least once. This book is not about the craft of writing, but about the process of writing. From the shitty first draft (that is, if you have enough to have a shitty first draft) to the ups and downs of publication. Ms. Lamott does not miss a beat. Funny, sharp, but also providing real world advice to the writer who is stuck with writers block or finds themselves moving away from the natural voice of their characters.
This book is a must read for all writers and I highly recommend it.