If, as a writer, you needed one book...

How Fiction Works by James Wood. Published 2008. ISBN-13: 978-0-312-42847-1

How Fiction Works by James Wood. Published 2008. ISBN-13: 978-0-312-42847-1

If, as a reader, I had to pick one book as an overview of vital story telling, it would be the Norton's Anthology of English Literature. As a writer, if I had to pick one book that explained the art of good writing, it would be "How Fiction Works" by James Wood.

My review, posted on Goodreads, in all its linky goodness: http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/540814111

Enjoy!