I went to college. And actually graduated. So of course I can write, right?
Right, sort of. I started with a fiction-writing, critique-group class at a Community College. That was an eye-opener. Sure, I could write. However, that's when I began to understand the wide gulf between my prose and that of published writers.
I searched in libraries and used bookstores for 'how to' books that would help me. I found many. I found truly valuable help in few.
Now that I think I write rather well for the two genres that interest me, I look back and remember only two books that had a significant impact on my writing skills.
The first was: Stein on Writing, by Sol Stein. It answered the question, "How should I write if I want to get published?"
The second was: Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, by Renni Browne and Dave King. It answered the question, "How should I write if I want to impress agents and editors with my professional-caliber skills?"
I mention these two books because they are the only books that I have kept and re-read. All the others didn't seem to 'pop' for me, I guess.
Now it's your turn. Tell me what book on writing wowed you, and made you keep it, and made you re-read it once in a while.