For the What I Did Last Summer: Fact or Fiction? Blog Hop I will be giving away a non-fiction book to the winner of the fact entry (confused or wanna join in? click on the link). For the giveaway, I've compiled a list of four craft books I can't live without. Here are the first two:
The Elements of Style, by William Strunk. This little book is a writer's best friend. If you don't have it, get it. Reading this book helped me develop my writing style. After I line edit a manuscript, I "Strunkize" it. I reread The Elements of Style and go through my manuscript to make sure Strunk would approve.
Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing, by Mignon Fogarty. Want a fun way to brush up on your grammar? This book is full of quick tips that are easy to remember. I have three other grammar books, but hardly ever look at them because they're boooor-ing. Fogarty does the impossible—she makes grammar fun.
Do you have either of these books? What craft books do you use?
An avid reader and writer of children's fiction, Emily has her library card number memorized, but she can't remember her phone number. She lives on an island in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and four children.