1. Bird by Bird
by Anne LaMott.
This book is a really inspiring and practical book for writers.
Readers will be reminded of the energizing books of writer Natalie Goldberg and will be seduced by Lamott’s witty take on the reality of a writer’s life, which has little to do with literary parties and a lot to do with jealousy, writer’s block and going for broke with each paragraph.
Reading this book, I realised how much further I could push my writing and my characters. It was this book that helps me to understand how shallow I was writing and how much my writing could improve if I was brave enough to be honest and write something that mattered.
Marvelously wise and best of all, great reading.
2. The Little Red Writing Book
by Mark Tredinnick.
(Released as Writing Well in America)
I should probably credit this book as the catalyst for my conversion from the Visual Arts to the Literary Arts. I love the style and strength of this book, which includes a whole chapter on writing with grace.
The Little Red Writing Book is a guide to expressive creative writing and effective professional prose. The author, a poet, writer, editor and teacher, explains the techniques required for stylish and readable writing. Everyone who wants to improve their writing can benefit from this book, which describes how to: • identify topics that inspire you to write • get into the habit of writing regularly • develop ideas • construct effective arguments • choose words for maximum effect • use grammar correctly • structure sentences and paragraphs appropriately • write with integrity The book is enriched by examples from great modern writers, and includes a variety of exercises and suggestions for writing activities.
3. On Writing, A memoir of the Craft.
by Stephen King.
Every writing blog on earth recommends writers to read this book…and you will find we are no different. One of the most famous writing works for writers. Need we say more?
Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer’s craft, comprising the basic tools of the trade every writer must have.
King’s advice is grounded in his vivid memories from childhood through his emergence as a writer, from his struggling early career to his widely reported near-fatal accident in 1999 — and how the inextricable link between writing and living spurred his recovery. Brilliantly structured, friendly and inspiring, “On Writing” will empower and entertain everyone who reads it — fans, writers, and anyone who loves a great story well told
4. The Icarus Deception
by Seth Godin.
‘Make Something Happen’ They are the words on Seth Godin’s homepage.
Everyone knows that Icarus’s father made him wings and told him not to fly too close to the sun; he ignored the warning and plunged to his doom. The lesson: Play it safe. Listen to the experts. But we tend to forget that Icarus was also warned not to fly too low, because seawater would ruin the lift in his wings. Flying too low is even more dangerous than flying too high, because it feels deceptively safe.
In his book ‘The Icarus Deception’ Godin talks of the obligation we have towards ourselves and the world, to make art. Godin discussed the issues we face when we fly too low, under achieve and ignore our potential. This book speaks of Art and Society and the World and Life…. great read if you need to be pulled back on track. But it is not just a book about what you are doing wrong, it also give practical and real advice on how to make sure you don’t fly too low.
A great read…actually now that I think about it, you should probably read ‘Tribes’ as well.
by Robert McKee.
I put off reading this book for a long time because I believed it was just for screen writers. It is not. This book is for every Story Teller!
Story is a complex and thorough break down of ‘Story Craft’ with a focus on excellence and quality. McKee demands excellence from every word you write. He wants you to be good, better, and the best. I found it great to be driven to such high standards.
Robert McKee’s screenwriting workshops have earned him an international reputation for inspiring novices, refining works in progress and putting major screenwriting careers back on track. Quincy Jones, Diane Keaton, Gloria Steinem, Julia Roberts, John Cleese and David Bowie are just a few of his celebrity alumni. Writers, producers, development executives and agents all flock to his lecture series, praising it as a mesmerizing and intense learning experience.
6. The War of Art
by Steven Pressfield.
If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends), “Am I really a writer? Am I really an artist?” Chances are you are. The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death.”
Are you paralysed with fear? That’s a good sign. Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do. Remember one rule of thumb: the more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.
A succinct, engaging, and practical guide for succeeding in any creative sphere, The War of Art is nothing less than Sun-Tzu for the soul. hat keeps so many of us from doing what we long to do? Why is there a naysayer within? How can we avoid the roadblocks of any creative endeavor—be it starting up a dream business venture, writing a novel, or painting a masterpiece? Bestselling novelist Steven Pressfield identif ies the enemy that every one of us must face, outlines a battle plan to conquer this internal foe, then pinpoints just how to achieve the greatest success.
Happy Reading Emerging Writers!