1. The Elements of Style \u2013 William Strunk and E.B White\r\nThis style manual offers great advice to writers who\u00a0want to learn the basics of\u00a0the\u00a0English language \u2013 grammatical and\u00a0structural. This book is one of the top recommended titles to writers and editors as it concentrates on the rules of usages and composition within plain English language - reinforcing that writers (and editors) need to know the rules, before they break them.\r\n\r\nWe examine five books every aspiring writer should read... Image Credit: sanjitbakshi via Flickr Creative Commons.\r\n\r\nThe manual is split into five chapters and\u00a0a glossary. It presents\u00a0excellent notes on everything from\u00a0words and expressions to formatting the styles within your own writing. It is perfect for students studying the English language either in high school or tertiary level education, who\u00a0want to understand the fundamental elements of language and what it means to actually be a writer.\r\n\r\nTogether Strunk and White have created a wonderful guide for writers. The Elements of Style\u00a0shares both wisdom and written elegance in a modernised way. Both authors complement each other with\u00a0their various attitudes towards different styles. For example E.B White is more flexible\u00a0with the rules, whereas, William Strunk is a bit strict; this creates a certain Yin and Yang feel.\r\n2.\u00a0The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories \u2013 Christopher Booker\r\nThis book is a step-to-step guide providing analyses on how different\u00a0plots work within film and novels, using examples from plays, novels, movies and television shows. Demonstrating seven central themes that repeat in various stories, Christopher Booker explains each plot and answers why and how they are programmed into the stories.\r\n\r\nBooker provides examples of how these basic plots are used in the different genres and relates them back to the main protagonist or hero. He gives an insight to the characters by drawing on their developments\u00a0within the story and uses this to demonstrate\u00a0a reoccurring\u00a0pattern from 200 years ago.\r\n\r\nThis book is great for writers exploring various genres in their writing, and is also a useful resource for\u00a0screenwriters given the extensive\u00a0film examples. The Seven Basic Plots is a informative title for writers who are interested in the historic nature of storytelling.\r\n3. How Fiction Works - James Wood\r\nA must-have addition to any budding writer's bookshelf.\r\n\r\nThis piece is\u00a0a critical essay that guides\u00a0the writer through the basic elements of writing.\u00a0How Fiction Works\u00a0explores\u00a0what style is, and the connection between non-fiction and fiction.\u00a0Wood uses examples\u00a0from many successful novels\u00a0and demonstrates how the conventional rules of the\u00a0English language\u00a0can be broken.\r\n\r\nEspecially rewarding for those writers who wish\u00a0to gain more insight into the differences between\u00a0fiction and non-fiction, Wood shows us how\u00a0genres can be used to convey both trick and truth.\r\n\r\nHow Fiction Works is perfect for those who find academic jargon difficult, and enables new\u00a0writers to define metaphors, construct compelling characters, and differentiate\u00a0between empathy and sympathy. Imaginative and engaging, this book takes the English language and ideas of writing to an artistic level.\r\n4.\u00a0Your Book Publishing Options \u2013\u00a0Euan Mitchell\r\nThis title is ideal\u00a0for anyone interesting in self-publishing or becoming an \u2018Indie\u2019 writer. A\u00a0modernised Australian guide written by an Australian author,\u00a0Your Book Publishing Options\u00a0works both for new and experienced writers, who are keen to develop both\u00a0their creative and business mindsets.\r\n\r\nEuan Mitchell explains step-by-step how to self-publish a book keeping costs low\u00a0and creating greater\u00a0profits.It also touches on\u00a0marketing as well as comparing the pros and cons\u00a0eBooks versus\u00a0print books. It\u2019s arranged in a workflow format that encourages\u00a0writers to make informed decisions, decisions that could save writers from debt. A much-needed guide for aspiring indie authors\u00a0who crave a\u00a0professional standard of work.\r\n5.\u00a0How Language Works - David Crystal\r\nA perfect tour for writers who want to learn the ins and outs\u00a0of language. With topics ranging from how children learn to read to adults understanding a variety of languages, this book covers languages either spoken, written or sign as well as structure, dialects, and multilingualism.\r\n\r\nAuthor David Crystal explains how communication is crucial\u00a0to a writer and shows how the English language is\u00a0never predictable in the way\u00a0people speak, write and read. He is very clear and concise in the way he highlights\u00a0the issues relating to language, and\u00a0still is able to entice the reader.\u00a0Crystal shows his great passion for\u00a0writing, encouraging any writer to study each style carefully.\r\n\r\nHow Language Works is a guide to help writers hone\u00a0their skills\u00a0in their niche. It's a comprehensive look at the development of language as well as how it is learned and used.