Writing is a creative outlet. To write is to free the soul. It is not only writing fiction books. Writing is in everything we do on a daily basis, from filling out a form to a to-do list to pouring your heart out on a journal. However, when we take pen in hand it’s like we have grabe a block of ice, giving us brain freeze. You may know this as writer’s block. You have plenty of ideas, marvelous ideas to write about, nonetheless, when the time to write comes your brain submerged in deep fog making it difficult to find words, the correct words. To Write is to Free the Soul
There are plenty of books out there that promise help you bring your creativity out your pores. And they do, but none of those books with ingenious ideas will do the work for you. All of those authors have one thing in common: they have their own formula of success. A formula they share with the rest of us in their books, with advice on how to find your voice, your mojo, your writing zen zone. All of which is great, however, the author won’t come knocking on your door to say “Hey, it’s time for you to write.” To Write is to Free the Soul
In other words, one must do the work. One must walk on fire first. No way around it. Only by writing we learn writing. Furthermore, by making mistakes and learning from them, we grow. We start to find our voice, writing voice that is, and soon enough you’ll have developed a routine, which will transformed into a system/formula of your own to share with the world. Moreover, you will start to notice how comfortable you are when writing. In fact, you’ll even going to have favorite words, phrases, and exclamation points. Your words will have a meaning. They’ll mean “Hard work paid off.” To Write is to Free the Soul
Here are some recommendations for to find your inner writer and bring it out to the world, because to be a good writer you have to love to read.
1. The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron. She has plenty of books for you to read about flourishing your creativity and writing, and this book is a good place to start. Next I’ll say continue to The Morning Pages, if you want to learn about how having a routine, and a journal, will help your writing. Game and life changer.
2. Do the Work by Steven Pressfield. This is a little book that is not what you expect to be. It’s simple yet to the point, especially for beginner writers who need to get over their fears. In a good Nike style he says, “Just Do It!” Then I would recommend to read his inspirational trilogy, start with The War of Art, then Turning Pro, and finish with The Artist’s Journey. These three books complement each other. In addition, and just for good measure if you are into writing fiction – although it can be applied to non-fiction too, the book Nobody Wants to read Your Sh*t.
3. The Writing Life by Annie Dillard. You may know Dillard from her book Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. This is not a how-to book, instead is an insight of Dillard’s writing life, ups and downs written in short stories. Nevertheless, it will inspire you to keep going forward, to not wait for the perfect word, to show you the real life of a writer not a romantic tale of it.
4. The Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury. It’s a compilation of essays on writing and creativity by the master of fiction Bradbury. Not a how-to write book, however, he shares about his works came to life and how he found his voice and stayed true to himself. Inspirational and philosophical. A must read.
5. Dryer’s English by Benjamin Dryer. He is Random House’s copy chief and will provide you will exceptional advice on how-to write. It’s a book that walks you through grammar and style, using anecdotes and footnotes (yes, don’t skip them). This book, along with Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style, is a must have on your writing desk.
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