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Book Editor, Author, Instructor, and Speaker, Elizabeth Lyon recently was asked by her publisher at Penguin to write an article about writers guides for their blog. I’d like to share it with you (with her permission) because it’s chock full of great writer’s resources and some of my favorite books. Enjoy. . .
Many writers begin a story on a whim, and before long they’re taking an imaginary joy ride. Writing a novel is fun: the words flow . . . and then they don’t. Like Consumer Reports testing a car for safety, your writermobile slams into a wall. Now what? Writing guides abound to address everything that stymies us. Search among the six types of resources to find a match for your problem or need.
Inspiration and Contemplation These books prime the pump of imagination, help you generate ideas, and nudge you out of an unproductive rut. One of the best guides is The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron. Her 12-week study that addresses and overcomes all manner of “blocks” can open the floodgates of productivity and confidence. Cameron’s “morning pages” and “artist’s dates” have sustained millions of writers.
The Writer’s Life and Writing We all want to know what famous writers think, how they write, and how they “made it.” The King, Stephen King, in On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, tells vivid stories about his life including drug addiction, alcoholism, and being hit by a car. He kept writing novels through nearly all of the difficulties, often mining them for his stories. King’s book includes reading lists, excellent craft advice, examples to model, and writing assignments. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, by Anne Lamott, is seductive. Her honesty in laying bare her messy life, with humor, beckons the reader to do the same. By example and by the techniques she shares, Lamott urges readers to expect and move past “the shitty first draft.”
How to Write a Novel . . . To read the rest of the article go to Book country And to check out Elizabeth’s impressive selection of books on writing please visit her site at Elizabeth Lyon. Thanks for letting me share this article Elizabeth. 🙂
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