On Writing Well by William Zinsser

This book is great for anyone who’d like to write better non-fiction. In it, Zinsser outlines his four principles of effective writing: clarity, simplicity, brevity, and humanity.

I listened to the audiobook, which spans about two hours; after only thirty minutes, I already felt more confident about how to craft better non-fiction pieces.

Stein on Writing by Sol Stein

It’s clear in reading this book that Sol Stein thinks awfully highly of himself, but his confidence is well-deserved. The literary genius gives us everything we need to know to write compelling fiction—topics such as how to start a novel, building strong characters, constructing plot, and understanding the form and function of popular genres.

After reading this book, you’ll have no more excuses; go write your novel.