As writers, we’re always looking for ways to improve and hone our craft, right? One of the ways to do that is through books that either teach specific skills or give us information that will help us get to that next level in our writing journey.

This week for the Thursday Three, I’ll list three books I’ve personally found helpful. Feel free to leave your own suggestions in the comments.

1. Sally Stuart’s Christian Writers’ Market Guide – This hefty book contains hundreds of markets where you can submit your work. Whether you write books, articles, poems, greeting card copy, fiction, or non-fiction, if you want to get paid for your writing (or even if you don’t care about the money but want to get your work in print), get your hands on a copy of this  book. A must-have for every Christian writer!

2. Strunk & White’s Element of Style - Originally published in 1918, this book has seen several editions and is still a widely popular guide today. It’s a great reference to those common mistakes that trip us up. Word usage issues, rules of punctuation and grammar, principles of writing, and more.

3. Plot and Structure - Written by award-winning thriller author, James Scott Bell, this book offers clear instruction on plotting your novel. Includes techniques and exercises for writers of all levels.

Your turn! What writing books are on your shelf?

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