An interview from Poetry Life & Times by Sara Russell, Editor
An interview from Poetry Life & Times by Sara Russell, Editor
My personal "takes" on some

Professional Advice & lnspiration

You Are A Badass, by Jen Sincero. =Funny, effective, wonderfully inspiring, a kind but powerful motivational kick in the butt. Buy this book, you'll be glad you did.

Writer's Digest Magazine. =full of good stuff, current news, trends, articles, great tips in the "Writers Workshop" pages.

The Art of Memoir, by Mary Karr. =Brilliant, quirky, genuine. Read this book. Sound advice with no BS, (she sees right through it) and a lift for your own stubborn spirit.

The artist's Way, A Spiritual Path To Higher Creativity, by Julia Cameron. =Beautifully written,the original inspiration book.

The Right To Write, An Invitation and Initiation Into the Writing Life, by Julia Cameron. =Compelling "sequel" to The Artist's Way.

The Purpose of Your Life, Finding Your Place in the World Using Synchronicity, Intuition and Uncommon Sense, by Carol Adrienne.
=I found this book life-changing.

Find Your Purpose, Change Your Life, Getting to the Heart of Your Life’s Mission, by Carol Adrienne. =Also a powerful motivator for me.

Spiritual Writing, From Inspiration To Publication, by Deborah Levine with Cynthia Black. = For those whose work is personal/spiritual.

Writing Your Life, A Journey of Discovery, by Patty Miller. =Aussie mempoir writer- surprisingly helpful, ususally informal, candid, kind.

Bird By Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, by Anne Lamott.
=Good advice, kind & truthful, no BS. Praised by Writing Teachers.

Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within, by Natalie Goldberg. =She has many books for writers & writer-wannabes that are favored by lots of writing teachers, though I found her less personal than Anne Lamott.

Wild mind, Living the Writer's Life, by Natalie Goldberg. (and)
Old Friend From Far Away, The Practice of Writing Memoir, by
Natalie Goldberg. =As above

LIfe’s Companion - Journal Writing As a Spiritual Quest, by Christina Baldwin. =Touching and eye-opening, especially for memoir and creative nonfiction writers

Nuts & Bolts: Practical Tools

Writing tools, 50 Essential Strategies for Writers, by R. P. Clark. =My favorite for technical tips, great stuff you can really apply to your own pages that will hone and sharpen your prose.

Naked Drunk and writing– Shed Your Inhibitions and Craft a Compelling Memoir or Essay, by Adair Lara. =One of my most-favorite books. Both Tools and Inspiration. This writer is personal, practical, and has a great sense of humor.

The Shortest Distance Between You and a Published Book, 20 Steps To Success, by Susan page. =A how-to for getting published, includes query letters and book proposals.

How To Get Happily Published, A Complete and Candid Guide, by Judith Appelbaume. =Another good how-to for getting published.

The Self-publishing Manual, How To Write, Print and Sell Your Book, by Dan Poynter
=Pointer is the original guru of successful self-publishing, has downloads from his website. Some are free.

What's Your Book? A Step By Step Guide to Get You From Ispiration to Published Author, by Brooke Warner. Warner is known for "hybrid publishing," Profesional publishing where you pay for costs. Not a "vanity press," they provide editorial support at a fee,and handle some business details.

One Year to a Writing Life, 12 Lessons To Deepen Every Writer’s Craft, by Susan T. Tiberghien. = Nuts & bolts: elements of writing short-story, building narrative form.

Courage and Craft-Writing Your Life Into Story, by Barbara Abercrombie = On memoir, but good for any nonfiction creative writnge especially new or young writers. Both information & inspiration.

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