Best Books on Writing

Deanna Fei, author of A Thread of Sky, recently wrote an article for Huffington Post titled “Seven Books on Writing for Every Writer.” I think all writers have favorites. Mine is on Fei’s list: Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird, which I love for being so practical and unpretentious. And funny.

The other books on the list are:

The Writing Life by Annie Dillard

Dreaming by the Book by Elaine Scarry

The Art of Fiction by John Gardner

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

Story by Robert McKee

Mysteries and Manners by Flannery O’Connor

Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke

I also like William K. Zinsser’s On Writing Well, which is actually about writing nonfiction; and Betsy Lerner’s The Forest for the Trees.

What books on writing have you enjoyed and why would you recommend them? Also, what writing books do you think are over-rated?