For anyone who loves to write, is looking for inspiration, or simply enjoys books about writers, I have three recommendations for you!
Natalie Goldberg has written two great books about writing – Writing Down the Bones and Wild Mind. These books are not your typical “how to write” books. Goldberg completely exposes herself to teach people how to free their inner writer. The books are filled with personal stories that she ties back to her craft. She even offers many great tips and exercises. I loved the books so much when I read them years ago that I attended one of her workshops in Taos, NM.
A third book I recommend is called On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, by Stephen King. Everybody loves the Master of Horror, but this shows us a different side to King. In the first half of the book he talks about his background, his family, his battles with addiction. In the second half, aspiring writers find their inspiration.
For me, these three books are effective and fascinating because they go far beyond the typical manual-style, mundane “how to write” books. They are entertaining. They dive into the dynamics of the human soul. They touch our nerves. They inspire us. If you love to write, but do not know where to start, or if you are simply looking for a little extra inspiration, pick up one, two or all three of these books. You’ll be glad you did!