As a writer, I love reading books about writing. I find it helpful, inspiring, and the kick in the butt. One of the best things about writing is that I’m always learning. There’s never a time when I write a piece and think, yup, I figured it all out! It’s a process. These three writing books have helped me tremendously in figuring out the process.
1. The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
I read this book a few times a year to get re-energized. Pressfield writes pithy lessons he’s learned as a screenwriter and novelist. Every time I read it, I reconnect with my passion and determination. I highly encourage any writer, artist, or business owner to read this book.
2. Making a Literary Life by Carolyn See
This book is hilarious. Carolyn See writes with such a honest, funny voice that she actually makes terrible things like rejection or a bad book review a laugh-out loud anecdote. Her practical advice for dealing with the publishing world and revision are invaluable. Her chapters and writing characters and geography are must-reads.
3. The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
This is one of the first books that got me through writing self-doubts and blocks. It’s a 12-week course that challenges you to connect with your true creative self. I must admit that you just have to go with it. If you stop and think about the things that you’re doing like writing three morning pages a day, you might talk yourself out of it. Let go and try it. I’ve done the 12 weeks twice and each time I learned something new about myself as a writer. I highly recommend this book if you’re feeling stuck.