Scrivener for Dummies by Gwen Hernandez. Backs up Scrivener’s online tutorials and is specifically aimed for writers to get the most out of the program. I’ve found this invaluable.
On Writing by Stephen King. This is unusual in that it is an autobiography as well as a writing tips book but it is brilliant on both counts. Often refer back to it.
How Not to Write a Novel by Sandra Newman and Howard Mittelmark. Hilarious inversion of the way how-to-write books are usually written but full of sound advice. Brilliant.
Wannabe a Writer? and Wannabe a Writer We’ve Heard of? By Jane Wenham-Jones. Down to earth, funny and full of practical tips. Easy to read and again books you will refer back to as and when you need them. I can’t say that for every how-to-write book I’ve read.
What I’m looking for in this kind of book is down to earth advice which helps me move on with my writing. And all of these do that. Would welcome further suggestions in the comments box. One of the great things about writing is you never stop learning to improve (well you shouldn’t stop learning anyway) as it does not matter how brilliant your prose is at any one time, the challenge is to always go on and do better.