Resources for Writers
Writing Down the Bones – by Natalie Goldberg. This was one of the first ‘writer’ books I ever read and there’s good reason it’s a classic. Goldberg makes it clear the secret to creativity is to subtract the rules for writing. Not add to them. It’s a process of “un-education” that has helped me throughout my career.
The War of Art – by Steven Pressfield. This New York Times Best-Selling author of The Legend of Bagger Vance and many other novels teaches you how to break through your creative blocks and win your inner creative battles. Funny, insightful and full of inspiration. This man knows his stuff.
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear – by Elizabeth Gilbert. The novelist knocked my socks and is changing my way of thinking about the creative process.
Wild Mind (Living the Writer’s Life) – also by Natalie Goldberg. This book takes Writing Down the Bones one step further by teaching you how to trust your own mind – not just for your writing (fiction or nonfiction), but in everything you do. An almost Zen-like quality to Goldberg’s writing and instruction.
Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook – by Donald Maass. This rockstar literary agent created the perfect “how-to” for all writers, whether you’re a beginner, or a published author wanting to take your career to the next level. Endless examples and exercises to make your novel the best it can be. Fantastic!
The Writer’s Journey – by Christopher Vogler. This famed movie consultant gives step-by-step guidelines for structuring plots and creating realistic characters for all books, through top-grossing featured films like The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Pulp Fiction, Star Wars and more.
Do The Work – by Steven Pressfield. Delves deeper into The War on Art and explains about the enemy of all writers – Resistance. Pressfield shows how to show up for battle again Resistance and beat that fear down. I love how he tells it like is; plus, he’s living proof how hard work and determination can make your dreams come true.
Turning Pro -also by Steven Pressfield (can you tell I’m a fan?!). This incredible book navigates the passage from the amateur life to a professional practice. He says, “You don’t need to take a course or buy a product. All you have to do is change your mind.”
Bird by Bird – by Anne Lamott. This is a must-have for all writers. Lamott’s book cover says it offers “Some Instructions on Writing and Life,” but gives so much more. You’ll feel like you’ve gone to coffee with your best friend, then left feeling one thousand times better.
On Writing – by Stephen King. There’s a reason why this man is so prolific, and he’s sharing his genius with the world – part memoir and part instruction manual on the craft of writing. Both are mesmerizing and can teach you something new every time you read it.
Word Painting – by Rebecca McClanahan. Both lovely and brilliant, McClanahan’s engaging exercises help develop your senses and power of observation. Uncover the rich words in your mind’s eye to improve your writing.