Seriously, I’ve seen some good books that give helpful tips and tricks on writing (or how not to write), but looking at the reference section at my local bookstore last night I was really wondering: Do I really have to read any of those? I mean sure they might give me some help, but most of it is fairly clear to me and thus it’s redundant to spent $10 or $15 on a book that tells you things you already knew.
Maybe it’s just that I’m not a particular fan of this kind of books or the fact that as a fantasy writer I don’t always feel very represented in them. In the end I ended up buying Roget’s Thesaurus (because I still didn’t have it yet *gasp*) and will maybe pick up one or the other reference book later. Maybe 😉
Anyway, what’s your opinion? Which books have you read and which of those were actually helpful to you?