And King himself has written a book, On Writing, which is invaluable for both fiction and non-fiction writers; read the review by Your Opinion co-editor Padmini Nandy Mazumder, who also tells us, bottom, why spending Rs.499 on The Elements of Style is "well worth it":
Start familiarising yourself with the contents of these books right away. You may not understand everything now, but continual reading will be a big help.
And here's one more really good book: Pocket Writer's Handbook, from the Penguin Reference Library. I bought this in Bangalore for Rs.195. It has a lot of sensible grammar advice, too.
As for dictionaries, I recommend that each of you buy a copy of what is referred to as an "advanced learners' dictionary" because this dictionary not only gives word definitions but also tells you how to use these words in a sentence. At Commits, we use the Macmillan English Dictionary For Advanced Learners (International Student Edition).
- Padmini Nandy Mazumder (Class of 2011) commented via e-mail regarding her purchase of The Elements of Style: You were right, Sir, thank you for the recommendation. The Elements Of Style is really worth every single rupee. I bought it today [August 29, 2009]. And I'm glad I didn't procrastinate about it. Spending Rs.499 was well worth it because this "little book" has completely changed "English" for me.