Books for InspirationPosted: January 13, 2016 Filed under: Cogitations, Reading, Writing Comments Off on Books for Inspiration
Still trying to get the creative motor revved up. Still failing. My new plan is to re-read inspirational writing books. Not “inspirational” as in faith-based, because that’s not how I roll in this shire, but “inspirational” as in “yes, THAT’s what I’m talking about! I must get back to work and write like THIS!”
Below are a couple of books that I find help me to no end. Keep in mind that these are just my preferences. If others work for you, let me know
- How I Write – Secrets of a Bestselling Author by Janet Evanovich with Ina Yalof
Evanovich is one of my favorite authors. She’s fun to read and it’s interesting to get inside her writing process. I’ve got a lot of flags in this book and I would be a happy girl indeed if I had even a smidgen of her success. It also doesn’t hurt that Stephanie Plum is quoted with great frequency.
- No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty
Ah, Chris Baty. One of the brains behind National Novel Writing Month. This book was written with that crazy endeavor in mind and I still read it on an annual basis, just to be reminded about how fun writing SHOULD be. Another heavily flagged book.
- On Writing – A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
The Master of all that he surveys, Stephen King not only writes great books, he’s written a great book about writing. This is also a great memoir, without all the writing stuff. But it’s the writing stuff I want.
- Anything by Mary Stewart
Because, well, her books have it all – Characterization, plot, description, suspense. I keep re-reading, hoping something will rub off in my writing.