The truth of the matter is, books on writing are meant to be a help in your writing, not replace it. I have been writing fiction for a little over eight years, and the best tip I have ever received on writing from a writing book is......well....to write. We can improve our writing skills by simply writing. Even if it's only one page a day, it will keep your skills sharp.
That being said, here is a list of my top five favorite writing books. Please comment back and share a few of yours.
Plot & Structure by James Scott Bell
Writing For The Soul by Jerry Jenkins
On Writing by Stephen King
Self Editing by James Scott Bell
Hooked by Les Edgerton