Learn How to Improve Writing Skills And It Will Change Your Life

You already know that having writing skills has the power to change your life and the lives of those who read your work.

So, it makes sense that writing better — more clearly, more fluidly, and more beautifully — has even greater power for both you and your reader.

How do you improve writing skills?

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25 Of The Best Books On Writing

Looking for books to hone your skills as a writer? Maybe you’re looking for the perfect gift for a writer you know whose library of the craft needs some new powerhouse additions.

No matter what reason you have to shop for books (and do you really need one, anyway?), this list shares the titles of favorites for five different categories.

So, if you’re looking for the best books on writing — whether you’re writing novels, short stories, poetry, or creative nonfiction — look no further.

Which new book will you add to your writer’s library today?

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Should You Italicize Book Titles?

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Do you ever stop mid-sentence to ask yourself, “Should I italicize or quote book titles?”

It’s a fair question, and it deserves a thoughtful answer. Since you want to be a good writer, you need to know these things, and wondering, “Are books italicized?” means you are paying attention to the important details of your craft.

You might also have the following questions:

  • “Should I italicize this article title or use quotation marks?”
  • “Are books underlined or italicized – or does it matter which one I use?”
  • “Should I put this song in italics if it’s a hit single with its own album?”

Hence this article. When it comes to any rule for writing, we’re huge fans of keeping it simple and easy to remember.

Strictly speaking, the question of whether to italicize or use quotation marks is a matter of style; the rules governing the usage of both can change.

But for some time — roughly since computers took the place of typewriters for word processing — writers have used italics (rather than underlines or quotes) to set off the titles of what the MLA (Modern Language Association) style guide calls “containers.”

Each container is a larger work made up of smaller components.

So, do you italicize book titles? The short answer is yes. The longer answer — the one with more nuance and some research — is just up ahead.

(Sidebar: If you’d like to learn our strategies for writing a bestselling book, then I suggest checking out our free checklist, which is the exact 46-point guide we’ve used to sell one million copies of our books.)

Rule of Thumb for Writing Book Titles

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