Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules of Writing
by Elmore Leonard
This book is such an enjoyable, quick read. The book is set up with 10 (well, really 11) great tips about what NOT to do in your writing. It's all actually great advice, but the reason this book worked for me is the way that advice is presented. There is very little text on each page--sometimes a few sentences and sometimes just a few words. The advice is presented, a reason is given, maybe an example or counter-example is given, and then there's a funny illustration. That makes each point infinitely stronger and more memorable. Leonard doesn't get bogged down in detail (basically, he follows his own Rule 10) and his book left me informed and inspired. It's everything you need from a writing book in a short & sweet, useful & entertaining little package!