Three Books To Gift The Writer In Your Life

Are you looking for a gift for the writer in your life?  If you are the writer in your life no doubt you can't get enough of good writing books.  There's nothing better than good advice and solidarity from shared experiences.  These three books cover something different and offer the writer a source of inspiration,... Continue Reading →


Review: Writing Well by Mark Tredinnick

I first read Writing Well by Mark Tredinnick a few years back.  It has held pride of place on my writing book shelf because it is one of the most helpful and beautifully written books on writing I've read so far. "Writing Well is a guide to expressive creative writing and effective professional prose. The... Continue Reading →

How To Read More Books Every Year Easily

If, like me, you use GoodReads’ annual Reading Challenge feature to track and record your reading goals, you may have noticed that many people are reading over 100 books a year. That is very impressive and I’m more than a little envious of those numbers.  The reason is that I have a substantial number of... Continue Reading →


Review: The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna

I sat down and read this book cover to cover in an hour.  It is a fabulous, thought-provoking, and inspiring book filled with drawings, word art, and great advice.  In the way it is written and designed it gets you thinking practically and creatively.  I found it part inspiration and part workbook which was very... Continue Reading →


Review: Super Brain by Deepak Chopra & Rudolph Tanzi

I could not have started the year off with a better book.  Super Brain is an incredible book, part neuro science, part self help book, it was the perfect combination of fact and guidance.  On the cover it says: "Unleashing the explosive power of your mind to maximise health, happiness, and spiritual well being."  It... Continue Reading →


Review: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

I know of Elizabeth Gilbert from her Eat, Pray, Love success.  The cover of her latest book Big Magic completely drew me in and then the "Creative Living Beyond Fear" subtitle really spoke to me too.  I consider myself a creative person (but really we all are) and I always have my hand in some... Continue Reading →


6 Books for Aspiring Copyeditors

Having a working knowledge of copyediting can't hurt; it can only make you a better writer.  With that in mind, this book list is for aspiring copyeditors, freelance or otherwise, but it is also for anyone in the world of words from publishers, editors, and proofreaders, to writers, authors, and bloggers.  It's for anyone who... Continue Reading →


A Photographer’s Theory Reading List

The Photosmudger did a great post on the books photographers should read to get insight into the critical theory side of the art.  I want to share with you the top three books on his list that he's convinced me to read.  To see the rest of the reading list and to be convinced, as... Continue Reading →


Write Great Fiction with this Book Series

The wonderful Write Great Fiction series is published by Writers' Digest Books and consists of 5 titles.  The books are written by different authors and each one focuses on a key area in the construction of great fiction writing.  I've been meaning to get to these books for myself and I think they are a... Continue Reading →


10 Self-Help Classics from Tom Butler-Bowden

I have been reading Tom Butler-Bowden's 50 Self-Help Classics and I wanted to share with you a selection of 10 of these classics that you may or may not find interesting.  I have also really enjoyed his other books 50 Psychology Classics and 50 Spiritual Classics.  I love a good reading list and Bowden's books... Continue Reading →


A Writer’s Fiction Reading List – A Study in Elements of Fiction Writing

This list of novels comes from the Warwick University reading list for The Practice of Fiction and the following novels will be helpful for the study of the elements of fiction writing. For a closer look at Entrances, Openings, and Beginnings:  A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers (2000) "Dave Eggers is a... Continue Reading →


Must Have Writers’ Reference Books

While searching for literature reading lists online I came across the Warwick University reading list for The Practise of Fiction and here are the reference books every writer needs in his arsenal to take on writing fiction: The Oxford English Dictionary Your own copy of the Oxford English Dictionary is essential.  The list talks about... Continue Reading →


3 Personal Book Suggestions to Help Your Writing

These three books on writing and the writing life are the best and most helpful that I have read so far.  Since there are so many books out there that seek to help the budding writer, I thought I would share with you the ones that have most helped me. Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird... Continue Reading →


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