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20 Best Fiction Writing Books of All Time

Our goal: Find what the internet ranks as the best Fiction Writing books (instead of one person's opinion).

    Our process:
  1. Search for "best fiction writing books" and study the top 5 articles.
  2. Add only the books mentioned 2+ times.
  3. Rank the results neatly for you here! 😊
    (This took a long time, but we do the research so you don't have to!)

(Updated 2023)

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  1. 2
  2. 3

    The Elements of Style

    William Strunk Jr.

  3. 5
  4. 8
  5. 9
  6. 10

    The Writing Life

    Annie Dillard

  7. 11
  8. 19


  • How was this Fiction Writing books list created?

    We searched for "best Fiction Writing books", found the top 5 articles, took every book mentioned in 2+ articles, and averaged their rankings.

  • How many Fiction Writing books are in this list?

    There are 20 books in this list.

  • Why did you create this Fiction Writing books list?

    We wanted to gather the most accurate list of Fiction Writing books on the internet.

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