The number of people who decide to write a book grows daily. It's easier than ever to get your book out in the marketplace thanks to self publishing and the many small presses that have opened for business.
If you're among those of us who feel the need to put pen to paper or fingers to the keyboard and you're just starting out on your writing journey, I'd like to recommend a few books.
1.) On Writing by Stephen King. This is a good book for non-writers too. It includes Stephen King's own journey to publication.
2.) How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author by Janet Evanovich. This book was published about 10 years ago and is written in a tongue in cheek style, but there is some good advice for people who are just starting out.
3.) How to Write Dazzling Dialogue: The Fastest Way to Improve any Manuscript by James Scott Bell. I haven't read this book myself as I've been told writing dialogue is one of my strong suits, but quite a few of my friends recommend it to anyone who feels their characters' dialogue isn't as strong as you'd like.
4.) The Maeve Binchy Writers' Club by Maeve Binchy. This book offers advice on creating good writing habits, finding publisher, and more. There's also an appendix listing writing competitions, writing websites, etc. The book was published in 2010 so some of the information especially the writing competition and website information may be outdated.
If you have any writing books that you love, please feel free to share them in the comments section.
Happy reading and good luck with your writing. :o)