5 Books Every Student Should Read To Develop Writing Skills 76

5 Books Every Student Should Read To Develop Writing Skills

This article was prepared by Edusson Community.

Writing effective essays has to be one of the most used and most misunderstood skills that college students are called on to use. If you feel you could use some added advice and instruction on writing, here are five must-have books.

The books listed here variously provide a writing guide, a writing process that works for essays and other non-fiction pieces, and a guide to writing styles that suit different writing projects.

100 Ways to Improve Your Writing (Gary Provost)

This is a book about improving as a writer in general.

The “100 ways” in the title references the 100 tips in the book. You will learn how to improve as a writer if you are not writing, how to write a strong beginning to a story or article, how to organize your thoughts, how to improve your use of language, and how to edit.

If you struggle with avoiding grammar and punctuation errors, two sections of the book address those issues. If you struggle to edit, 100 Ways offers seven tips to make you better at essay writing and essay editing.

You can learn how to write great essay hooks and essay outlines by following the advice there or in the next two books.

On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction (William Zinsser)

This has been a standard writing reference book and a favorite of writers since it came out in 1976.

You will learn how to write more clearly, organize your thoughts, revise effectively, and approach writing (and editing) with the right attitude.

Zinsser also offers practical advice on some common types of non-fiction subjects, like science and technology articles and business writing. The chapter on business writing alone is almost enough to justify picking up a used copy.

The Elements of Style (William Strunk and E.B. White)

This iconic, and short book by Strunk and White should be required reading for all college students.

Strunk and White gives a short, non-nonsense course on using the parts of speech, constructing effective sentences, and writing solid paragraphs.

The book also includes a guide to commonly misused words and phrases. If you only have time or money for one good book on writing, it should be this.

Bird by Bird (Anne Lamott)

This is both an inspirational book, and a guide to becoming a better writer.

Lamott’s audience here is mostly writers of fiction and poetry, but her book is also helpful for writers of essays and other nonfiction pieces.

As stated in the subtitle, this book offers a combination of writing advice and advice on living the life of a writer.

It might be helpful to anyone who plans to write extensively and probably a must for anyone interested in writing as a career. Read it in conjunction with another book that focuses on the mechanics of planning and writing.

Revising Prose (Richard Lanham)

As the title indicates, this book is about editing and improving what you already have.

Never, ever submit anything for a class or for a work assignment without doing some self-editing. If you need help with editing your work for maximum quality, the methodology and the exercises in this short book will help.

This book is mostly about fixing what you wrote, so buy it alongside a book on effective writing.

Build Your Writing Reference Library:

Effective writing is crucial for success in school and in a huge variety of good jobs. Yet, a student cannot depend on picking up what they need from some college courses and the accompanying writing assignments.

If you read the writing books described here, and refer back to them as needed, your writing will be much stronger. All five of these books from

All five of these books included in this list of famous essay writers are readily available on Amazon.com or in larger brick-and-mortar book stores. Buy a couple of the copies, read one, use what you learned in your next essay.

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Becoming Your Own Boss: Tips on Getting a Business Off The Ground 8

How Writing a Blog Can Help You Live the Life You Dream About

Becoming your own boss is a complicated process, and not everyone does it the same way.

I got lucky. I was still working when I got my business off the ground, so I had a source of income while I was working the kinks out of my business. I did most of my work for the new business when I got home or on the weekends. I asked for a change in job responsibilities at the office so that I didn’t have as much on my plate.

This all gave me a chance to start earning money without going into debt. When it was feasible, I stopped working my regular job and transitioned into working for myself full time. It took about a year and a half.

Establish clear boundaries.


Sometimes people don’t take you seriously when you tell them that you work for yourself. They think you are always available to chat or have lunch.

I had a number of friends that would call me at all hours, assuming I was available because they wanted to talk. Granted, it was nice to have that freedom at first. But, I soon realized that if I was going to be successful, I couldn’t let those kinds of distractions interrupt my workday.

Save before you start working for yourself full time.

I was in pretty good shape when I made the transition, but looking back, a few more months with a paycheck would have been wonderful.

When you start your own business, money can be very tight. You never know what you are going to make month to month.

I had one customer that initially made up most of my revenue. That customer only paid on a quarterly basis, which meant that times were tough in between payments.

I had to spend money to build the business, which meant there wasn’t a lot left over. If I didn’t get a payment right on time, it was very difficult to deal with.

There were times when I had to ask for a loan from family members simply to pay my bills.

Reach out and build a support network.

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It can be really difficult to adjust at first. You have great days and you have terrible days. You meet goals some months, while other months you are left wondering where you went wrong.

If you make a mistake, you alone are responsible for it and your business and reputation can suffer. It is easy to feel depressed at times. You may even start to feel like you can’t handle running a business and that you made a big mistake when you left your office job.

Remember that you are not alone. All entrepreneurs have these moments, which is why it is so important to connect with others in the field.

Take time for yourself.

I had a honeymoon period of about half a year. It was really exciting to see the business get bigger. Each milestone that I met was a reason to celebrate.

However, heading into the second year, it was more difficult. I was tired. Things weren’t as exciting because they weren’t new anymore. And then, year three came along. I was done with working such long hours.

I was done with having no time off. Burnout is certainly an issue in this business, so you have to figure out how to balance your personal and your professional needs.

It took me a long time to get where I am today. I had to do a lot of research. I had to educate myself on business. I had to find an SEO expert. I had to figure out who my main competitors were and keep an eye on them. I also had to stay current with what was happening in the field so that I didn’t fall behind.

No matter how hard I worked, it seemed like I could never get caught up. Running a business is a big responsibility.

If you are interested in starting your own business, you want to set yourself up for success. Try to cut back on your living expenses. Make sure you have substantial savings. Set up an area in your home where you can work, free from distractions.

If you are married, get your spouse on board. He or she can help pay bills while you are getting your business off the ground.

Your business is only as good as you are.

Make sure you have a support system of other business professionals. These people can help you acknowledge your weaknesses, encourage you to keep moving forward and advise you on common mistakes.

You can try and go it alone, but it will be very difficult for you. As with anything else in life, your support network has a lot to do with your success. You are probably strongly invested in your business; after all, it is something that you created. Make sure you have people that you trust to help you along the way.


Grace Lee has been practicing in the field of digital marketing for several years now. She has already brought numerous sites in search engines’ first pages in search results. In her spare time, she loves listening to podcasts about Google algorithm updates and other matters related to SEO.