Whether you want to get published or be admired by millions, there are quite a few helpful books for wannabe writers. Even though you already know how to spell and form a sentence, there are tons of things that you still need to learn. Writing is a craft, so there's always room for improvement. Here are some of the most helpful books for wannabe writers that will make you reach your potential:
1. Elements of Style by Strunk & White
This is, by far, one of the most helpful books for wannabe writers. It lists the most commonly misused words and explains how to use them correctly. It explains the most important rules in grammar and punctuation. It gives you tips on how to improve your overall style of writing. Everything you need to know is contained within the pages.
2. On Writing by Stephen King
If you've ever read a novel by Stephen King, you know that his advice is valuable. This book will give you tips on how to become a successful writer, but it also tells King's story. It's half memoir and half lecture, but fully entertaining.
3. Creative Writing for Dummies by Maggie Hamand
You don't have to be stupid in order to pick up a "for dummies" book. There's actually some pretty useful information hidden inside. Even if you've been writing for years and don't think you need a beginner's guide, try flipping through the pages at the nearest Barnes and Noble. You'll be surprised by how much you learn.
4. 2013 Writer's Market by Robert Lee Brewer
Buy the most recent edition of Writer's Market if you're hoping to get your work published. There are dozens of lists of people and companies that you should consider sending your work to. It also contains tips on pitching stories and promoting yourself. It's a great tool for promising writers.
5. Grammar Girl by Mignon Fogarty
You'd be surprised by how many words you use wrong without even realizing it. That's why this is a great book to reference while you're writing. If you suspect that you're using a certain word incorrectly, this will act as your savior.
6. On Writing Well by William Zinsser
This book is helpful for every type of writer. Whether you want to write creative fiction or type up an essay for class, this book will teach you the best way to do so. It's written by a man who has been both an editor and teacher, so he is skilled in the art of writing.
7. Self-editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King
As much as you'd love to publish the first draft you type up, it would be a mistake. You can't be a writer without knowing how to properly edit a piece. This book will give you advice on how to edit your work by discussing dialogue, point of view, interior monologue, and everything else involved in the writing process.
If you want to become a better writer, you have to write and read as much as possible. You'll never get published by sitting around, wishing your dreams would come true, so start being productive. You shouldn't pass these books up, because they can teach you some valuable information that will really make your writing stand out. Have you read any other books about writing that you've found helpful?