By now you already own a dictionary and thesaurus, but there are four other books essential to writing. Each serves its own purpose and each can be a great resource. Also, each has an online relative linked below.
The Elements of Style, William Strunk, Jr.
Asserting that one must first know the rules to break them, this classic reference book is a must-have for any student and conscientious writer. Intended for use in which the practice of composition is combined with the study of literature, it gives in brief space the principal requirements of plain English style and concentrates attention on the rules of usage and principles of composition most commonly violated.
Associated Press Stylebook
Newspapers and magazines have their own set of rules to follow in writing. Knowing those rules will enable you to sell an article or write a press release.
The Christian Writer’s Manual of Style
An essential tool for writers, editors, proofreaders, designers, copywriters, production managers, and marketers too. The Christian Writer’s Manual of Style is an essential tool not only for writers of religious materials, but for their editors, proofreaders, designers, copywriters, production managers, and even marketers.
The Writer’s Market
This has been an invaluable tool for writers for many years. They have a market book for songwriting, children’s books, poetry, and book publishing. Great resource.
Writing the story is easy, but mastering the elements of writing takes great work and knowledge. These books should either be on a shelf in your home office or available to you as an app. Do you have a resource to share? Please do in the comments.