On Creativity & Inspiration
An insightful book on the things that hold us back from being creative, or from showing up when we've committed to a created work.
Simon Sinek argues that "People don't buy what you do, they buy why you do it." A great read on finding your "Why" and using it to inspire others.
A must read for anyone who wants to write memoir. It's filled with practical advice and includes a Required Reading List at the end.
Straightforward and thoughtful with plenty of tips and exercises to get your started in writing memoir.
The Byline Bible shows you how to craft and sell essays, op-eds, humor pieces to major publications. It's filled with published essays from her students.
On the Writing life
This book is on every writer's list for a reason. Hilarious and encouraging—it's the truth about writing.
Through a series of short essays Dillard poetically describes the writing life for better or for worse.
If you want to learn how to edit or more about the drafting process, read this. While it's targeted toward fiction and memoir authors, the exercises and how-to will help nonfiction writers as well.
The Elements of Style covers everything from the basics of writing (proper punctuation and structure) to writing styles. The book is organized is such a way as to be easily referenced and is filled with nuggets for writers at every skill level.
Writing a book is more like starting a business than you might think. Having an Author Business Plan is important. This book is simple and straightforward and will help you think through the things you didn't know to think about. I highly recommend this book to all authors.
Courtney Maum does an excellent job of laying out what it's really like to get a book deal: the good, the bad, and the ugly. If you're considering publishing traditionally, this is a must read.
If you're interested in traditionally publishing a nonfiction book, you will need a book proposal. This is an excellent guide to get you started. Work through this BEFORE you write your book.
My absolute favorite planner! This 90-day calendar is designed to help you achieve your goals. I could go on and on. I've been using it for years and it has helped me reach my goals.
To every writer/author who thought they weren't good enough. Psychologist Angela Duckworth proves that it is passion + perseverance, and not talent + luck that leads to achievement. Engaging and inspiring.
Let's be real—books cost in time and money. Getting your finances in order will give you the freedom to pursue your dreams and still take care of your family.