When I write, I make sure I've got three stalwart friends sitting next to me.
- Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary
- The Chicago Manual of Style
- Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus
(On the bookshelf behind me, I've got tons of other reference books, including The Best, Worst & Most Unusual, The Dictionary of Clichés, What Happened When, and dozens of other little oddities. I rarely consult them.)
What books do you need at an arm's reach (thanks, Dictionary of Clichés!) when you write?
(A side note -- Last night, I had a nutty dream starring Friend of the Blog (FOB) Jack Regan (in a supporting role), taking place at some kind of book festival. Here's our exchange:
ME: Hey, guess who's my favorite baseball player of all-time?
FOB Jack: (shrug)
ME: Books Robinson
FOB Jack: (snort)
I hope I’m funnier when I’m awake.)