There are countless articles, books, guides, manifestos, podcasts, videos, and other resources that all dig into the element of writing. Many dig deep into the writing life, others focus more on content and format and grammar, others look at structure and plot. For a long time I’ve devoured many writing books, thinking that at some point I’d come across the definitive guide, the Holy Grail of a book on writing.
But there is none. While there are countless incredible books and guides and insights on the act of writing (whether fiction or nonfiction), not to mention countless bad ones, there is no single go-to book that will cover all the bases of everything a writer needs or wants or should keep in mind.
Because every writer is different. Every writer has different needs, different desires for what they want to create, different inspirations and personal cracks in their souls. These all lead us in various directions, though many of them parallel to one another.