I went to see Billy Connolly (still as funny as ever) the other night. One of the Big Yin’s best lines was…
“If you go into a house and they only have one book, get the *bleep* out of that house!”
Really I just wanted an excuse to get that line in, but it did get me thinking — if I had to choose one writing book to keep out of the ones on my shelf, which would it be?
I’d have to choose On Writing Well by William Zinsser.
Others making up a top 5 would be:
– Networds by Nick Usborne
– On Writing by Stephen King (yes, the Stephen King)
– The Elements of Style by William Strunk and E.B. White
– The Copywriter’s Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing Copy That Sellsby Robert W. Bly
I would say all are required reading for anyone who wants to improve their writing.