In 2009 I did a one-hour workshop called Let's Write a Mystery at the Northern Colorado Writers Conference in Fort Collins, Colorado. As part of that workshop, I prepared a handout which included a list of written and web resources. Today, I'm giving you my list of books to inspire and motivate. Tomorrow's list will include books on writing, revision, and self-editing.
You'll have read many of these books already, but perhaps you'll find a new treasure as well:
The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity [10th Anniversary Edition] by Julia Cameron (2002) Tarcher/Putnam.
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott (1995) Anchor.
How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author by Janet Evanovich (2006) St. Martin’s Griffen.
Seven Steps on the Writer’s Path: The Journey from Frustration to Fulfillment by Nancy Pickard and Lynn Lott (2003) Ballantine/Random House.
Thinking About Memoir by Abigail Thomas (2008) AARP/Sterling – The memory exercises are a great way to recall incidents/experiences and people from your past that can trigger ideas and/or enrich your stories.
Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg (2005) Shambhala.
Writing from Life: Inner Workbook by Susan Wittig Albert (1997) Tarcher (this one is especially for women)
Do you have any new motivational books for writers to add to this list? We all need a little inspiration from time to time.