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Writer's Guide to Writing

If you're hard at work on your literary masterpiece, these titles will inspire your pen to glide and your keyboard to clack.


The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity
BF408.C175 2002

Cameron offers a perspective on how to nurture creativity, regardless of the medium of expression.


Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within
PN145.G64 2006

Brief, quirky chapters offer advice on the process and writing in general.

How I Write: The Secret Lives of Authors edited by Dan Crowe with Philip Oltermann
PN165.H675 2007x

This gorgeously illustrated collection of writer's talismans, tricks, superstitions, and lucky chairs will send you clamoring for your own equally eccentric writing ritual.


The Courage to Write: How Writers Transcend Fear
PN171.P83 K49 1995

Writing can be full of scary pitfalls like rejection, angering people, and revealing your innermost thoughts. This guide examines those fears and offers ways to use them and write through them.


Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
PN147.L315 1994

Lamott's clever, funny guide is down-to-earth and encouraging, with practical advice on finding your voice and writing it down.


Making a Literary Life: Advice for Writers and Other Dreamers
PN147.L315 1994

The author outlines strategies for connecting everyday activities to your interior life and aspirations, from the decision to write, through the process, and after you've published.