Thanks for this! I tend to agree with Stephen King's assertion in On Writing, not that the concept is original to that book or unique to his philosophy, that the best way to learn is to "read a lot; write a lot." Of course it's all good and well for someone with a degree in English to tell us not to read books about technique though, isn't it? He took classes on mechanics and learned the formulas he's advising us not to bother learning. He has the luxury of choosing which parts to ignore because he actually studied them. The truth is, even if one wishes to defy convention or even avoid formulaic techniques, there are still areas in which most of us could use some sound advice. I really appreciate you taking the time to make a list of and explain the reasons behind your top recommendations. I would never get through the three-hundred in your complete collection, so this is helpful. You say these are the best of the ones nobody ever talks about though. Any recommendations you'd like to add for those of us who are unfamiliar with the celebrated standards? This subject is of particular interest to me. I lack confidence in this area, to put it mildly, and spend more time writing, rewriting, culling and reverting this element than all others combined. My question is: Is this a book about description and setting, or a book about writing in general with a misleading title, which I'm sure you know is a popular marketing technique in the "how to" realm. I ask, because I'm interested in a focused guide on the matter. You mention that some of it's online, but Google Books makes this look like it contains the entire 500+ page volume. Are there things missing? Thanks!