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December 16, 2017

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Books That Will Make You An Awesome Craftsman

Be it a blog post or a white paper, you need to write with simplicity and clarity.

As rightly said by Stephen King, a bestselling author, “You learn best by reading a lot and writing a lot, and the most valuable lessons of all are the ones you teach yourself.”

And what you read impacts how you write.

Read best to learn best.

Here is a list of the top 5 books that have helped me, and I’m sure they will help you as well.

1- The Element of Style

Written by William Strunk Jr., The Element of Style is a bible for writers. This succinct guide was named as one of 100 best and most influential books written in English since 1923 by Time. This American English writing style guide is a must for every writer.

2- On Writing Well

Written by William Zinsser, On Writing Well is only The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction you will ever need. It offers you fundamental principles of writing nonfiction. This is my favorite book and I made a resolution to read it once every year to declutter my writing.

3- Sin and Syntax

Written by Constance Hale, Sin and Syntax tells you How to Craft Wickedly Effective Prose.The book approaches prose through words, sentences, and music (which includes voice, lyricism, melody and rhythm). I highly recommend this book.

4- On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

This engaging book will offer both motivation and tools for writing. Written by Stephen King, On Writing is a part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time. Highly recommended!

5- Penguin Guide To Punctuation

To place a comma or not. If this is what you feel sometimes, you need Penguin Guide to Punctuation by R L Trask. This jargon-free, succinct guide will make you punctuation ninja. I like this book for its easy-to-understand language.