For over two decades, I have been collecting books that inspire and motivate my creativity. While many of my early choices were craft books, I have also gravitated toward self-help literature dealing with writing blocks.
Here are ten of my Go-To books:
First released in 1992, this book is a valuable tool for all creatives–writers, poets, actors, painters, musicians–in all walks of life. I have incorporated morning pages and artist dates into my regimen and have also revisited the twelve-week program several times.
When this book was released in 2000, I faced several family and career challenges. I had already embraced the journaling habit and welcomed suggestions on how to write using both sides of my brain. An easy-to-read book chock full of practical suggestions on how to get the creative juices flowing.
At a workshop on nonfiction writing, the instructor joked that she learned more about writing from this book than her four-year degree in journalism. I highly recommend this resource to anyone considering a career in freelance writing. The 30th Anniversary Edition also includes a chapter on writing family histories and memoirs.
Having read all of Maeve Binchy’s books, I was intrigued by the thought of joining her writers club. Using a series of twenty letters, Maeve offers advice and tips gleaned from her own journey and also includes contributions from top writers, publishers, and editors.
Conveying emotion to the reader is a major challenge for many writers. In The Emotion Thesaurus, the authors provide a variety of physical signals, internal sensations, and mental responses for a lengthy list of emotions listed in alphabetical order.
While preparing for the launch of my first novel, I bookmarked many articles and posts about platform building. Overwhelmed by the growing number of bookmarks, I was relieved when I learned that author and editor Chuck Sambuchino had written a book filled with expert advice about blogging, websites, social media, and newsletters. I was particularly impressed with the 12 case studies from authors who had built effective platforms.
I was thrilled when I won this book in a contest. I follow Nina Amir’s blog and bookmark many of her posts. She addresses a range of topics from developing an author attitude to determining whether you are best suited to traditional publishing or Indie publishing. Nonfiction writers will appreciate the critiques of four proposals.
The main title caught my eye two years ago and I was even more intrigued by the subtitle: Find Your Voice…Your Mission…Your Message. I’ve reread the chapters on Leaping and Communicating with Power many times. While the focus is primarily on leadership, writers and other creatives will also benefit from Tara Mohr’s inspirational ideas.
A fan of Elizabeth Gilbert, I enjoy reading her books and posts on Facebook and watching her TED Talks. In Big Magic, she shares her own writing journey and the lessons she has learned along the way.
Several months ago, a fellow writer recommended this book. When I learned it was written by a woman who is both an author and literary agent, I ordered the book. Paula Munier offers down-to-earth advice on all aspects of writing–from drafts to rewrites to getting published.
Do you have a favorite Go-To book?