(7) Inspirational Writing Books
Welcome to the first installment of (7) on Sunday! This will be a place where I share a list of (7) things I like or enjoy or have used based on a random theme I choose for the week. For this first post, the theme I am using is (7) Inspirational Writing Books. These are the books I have found lit my creativity, provided some useful advice, or were simply a joy to read. I hope you enjoy perusing the list and that you’ll maybe find a new favorite to add to your own TBR.
- Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg ~~~ Thought provoking, interesting, and impactive are three of the ways I would describe this book. Even if you aren’t a practitioner of Zen Buddhism, I think you can’t help but be inspired by the wealth of knowledge Ms. Goldberg includes in this tiny tome of wonderful.
- Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert ~~~This book made my heart smile and my soul shout “hell yeah”. It is inspirational, pragmatic, and filled with a passion that can only come from someone fully immersed in the creative world. Bold, real, and filled with passion, this book is a must for anyone looking for a spark of joy in their creative life.
- Save the Cat: The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need by Blake Snyder ~~~ Fun, entertaining, and useful are three words I would use to describe this book and would recommend it even if you are not looking to write a screenplay.
- Naked, Drunk, and Writing: Shed Your Inhibitions and Craft a Compelling Memoir or Personal Essay by Adair Lara. Full disclosure: I have not read this book but I am IN LOVE with the title. This is exactly how I feel when I write – naked and drunk – and allowing all the things I normally keep hidden to be set free. And I adore the idea of learning how to better craft a personal essay or a memoir because we all have a story worth sharing and doing it in a way that matters would be awesome.
- The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr ~~~ I love, love, love me some Mary Karr fiction and knew she would create an intriguing, well thought out, and useful guidebook to creating timeless memoirs – and I was NOT disappointed. A thirty plus year veteran of teaching the craft of creating a memoir that matters, Ms. Karr has delivered a guide that will help all who look to create a lasting written memory of their life. Highly recommended.
- The Kick-Ass Writer: 1001 Ways to Write Great Fiction, Get Published, and Earn Your audience by Chuck Wendig ~~~ If you are not familiar with the acerbic, witty, and profane writing of Chuck Wendig, stop right now and head to his website – www.terribleminds.com – and correct your mistake. Chuck, and yes I feel comfortable to use his first name because of how welcoming he is – provides tons of writing inspiration, commentary, ideas, and all kinds of wacky stuff to make visiting his website worthwhile but then he takes things a step further and has also written a number of writing books to inspire and contribute to the writing community. Oh and he is also a great fiction writer who, among other accomplishments has contributed to the Star Wars cannon,so you can’t go wrong in checking out his site and especially this book.
- The Right to Write: An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life by Julia Cameron ~~~ The author of the bestselling self-help guide, The Artist’s Way, Ms. Cameron makes writing accessible and enjoyable for the beginner as well as the seasoned pro. Sit down, delve in, and find a new level of love for the writing life with this book.
And that is the end of the list. I hope you find some inspiration here to help make your writing life more creative and joyful. If you aren’t a writer, I still think these books are useful and offer a unique insight into the writer’s world.
What are your favorite inspirational writing books?