I have a few favorite books on writing which I’d like to share. Links are to Amazon.com.
This is my favorite, which I enjoy reading for itself as well as for what it teaches me: Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew by Ursula K. LeGuin.
This one is best read slowly and digested slowly: About Writing: Seven Essays, Four Letters, & Five Interviews by Samuel R. Delany.
This one is good when your enthusiasm for writing is low; I think it’s also really good for writers who haven’t been writing for a long time: Take Joy: A Writer’s Guide to Loving the Craft by Jane Yolen.
This one is slightly unusual because it combines a history of a writing workshop with more practical discussion of writing: Storyteller: Writing Lessons and More from 27 Years of the Clarion Writers’ Workshop by Kate Wilhelm.
How To Learn To Write.