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Advice To Writers: The Best Books On Writing Books (Writer Wednesday)

09/01/2010 08:27 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The sixteenth-century French writer Michel de Montaigne, inventor of the modern essay, once remarked that "there are more books upon books than upon all other subjects." It's still true, judging from the hundreds of titles published every year on the art of writing. Most can be divided into two categories: "inside-out" -- spiritual, philosophical, emotional, psychological, or "outside-in" -- grammar, punctuation, style, technique. The best of them instruct, inspire, and encourage. (Writers need lots of encouragement.) Fortunately, writing is one skill you actually learn from books. Here are some of my favorites:

The author of two dozen books, including "The Portable Curmudgeon" and "The Big Book Of Irony," Jon Winkour also runs a website: Advice To Writers and you can follow him on Twitter.

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