There are a number of very good resources available to help aspiring writers learn the basics of the craft. Some of the ones I have found invaulable are; The Elements of Style by E. B. White and Howard Strunk -- this thin volume contains a wealth of information about gramar, punctuation, word usage, and many stylistic basics. I read it cover to cover at least once a year. Telling Lies for Fun and Profit by Lawrence Block -- A bookfull of essays on the techniques and methods of fiction writing. Writing the Novel from Plot to Print also by Block -- I sjust what the title describes, a step by step buleprint for novel writing. Zen and the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury -- A wonderful look at writing by one of the great masters of the craft. What other books have you found which teach, motivate, or inspire you as a writer?