These five books are on a special writing reference shelf in my office, and I refer to them often.
Stephen King’s On Writing – The best advice on writing from the Master himself.
Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing – Straightforward rules from the Late Great Wordsmith. I think of him every time I use an exclamation point.
Book of Names – Handy when picking out character names
Dictionary & Thesaurus combo – I have them on my computer but sometimes I need to look words up in the book version, and the hard copy works even when the internet goes out.
A pocket-sized moleskine in which I keep notes on commonly misspelled and misused words, writing tips, format, final draft checklists, and stuff like that. If I have to look something up more than twice, it gets a page.
What are your go-to books?