First of all, Happy New Year! I hope your holidays were filled with warmth, happiness, love and health.
I didn’t make any real New Year’s Resolutions this year except for one. Write what I enjoy writing. It sounds like such a mild goal, but in my career at this point, it’s really all I need and want. It feels good.
Later in the month I have an article/blog that I feel is a little controversial in the writing world, and I’m not even sure if I’ll post it yet. I’m still thinking about it. In the meantime, I wanted to start the year with a positive for all writers. In the writing world we hear about how to plot, how to write characters, how to do this and that. I’ve found the best writing books, for me, aren’t so much “how to” books as they are books that inspire. So here’s the list. If you’re a writer, check ‘em out. I hope they inspire you to write that next book and keep on writing no matter what the publishing world throws at you.
On Writing – Stephen King
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles – Steven Pressfield
Creativity For Life – Eric Maisel
Coaching the Artist Within – Eric Maisel
Fearless Creating – Eric Maisel
The Van Gogh Blues – Eric Maisel
Freeing Your Creativity: A Writer’s Guide – Marshall Cook
Writing Past Dark: Envy, Fear, Distraction, and Other Dilemmas in the Writer’s Life – Bonnie Friedman
Bird By Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life – Anne Lamott
Wild Mind: Living The Writer’s Life – Natalie Goldberg
I have a few other books on writing, though I’ve given away most books on craft. Not that I think I can’t learn more craft. Every writer can. It’s just that books on how to get out of my own way, how to find inspiration and creativity have given me far more than any book on craft ever could. I listed the titles above in hopes that you, too, can find that spark and that fire and write the book you’ve always wished to write.