books for writers

Books I Recommend

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

Not too long after reading the first thirty pages, I put it down and determined I wouldn’t be a writer.  So why would I recommend it?  Lamott, unlike other writers on the subject, draws away the gauzy curtains of idealism and honestly tells her reader that writing kind of sucks sometimes.  It’s hard sitting in front of a blank white screen at 9:00 in the morning when all you would rather do is go back to bed.  But we write because we can’t help ourselves–because it frees something within us.  So, with that in mind, Lamott gives us the very best within her on how she approaches (and survives) the daily discipline of writing.


The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

Sometimes, as artists, we know that we should write but just don’t know how to get the ball rolling.  Maybe you have the infamous writer’s block or you don’t know what to write about.  Cameron’s workbook is divided into a 12-week artists’ recovery class complete with exercises designed to get the creative juices flowing.

This book is for any kind of artist–not just for writers.


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