Quotes, Craft Books, Writing Tips, and Reviews

Craft and inspirational book of the week is:

The Art of War For Writers by James Scott Bell“The Art Of War For Writers” by James Scott Bell.

Not only is this little book clever and a blast to read, (even if you aren’t familiar with Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War”), but the craft advice, and wisdom Bell shares is simple, straightforward and motivational.
I highly recommend this book to anyone-even if you aren’t a writer! Bell’s writing style and the way this manual is put together isn’t stuffy, nor does it have any pseudo-intellectual airs about it.
The questionnaires and writing exercises are smart, provocative, and highly amusing. Plus…it’s small enough to fit in your purse, back-pack, diaper bag, briefcase, lunchbox, or a really, really big pocket!
Give it a look and tell us what you think!


ImageBird by Bird:

Some Instructions on Writing and Life

by Anne Lamott (Goodreads Author)

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·
I find this book to be highly inspirational and motivating. Whenever I’m stuck or just need a little reminder that I’m not the only writer out there having their “moments”, it’s great to know that authors like Lamott are willing to honestly share how the process works for them. I highly recommend this to anyone…
Check out this Goodreads review with excerpts from the book:
 “Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he’d had three months to write. [It] was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother’s shoulder, and said. ‘Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.'”

With this basic instruction always in mind, Anne Lamott returns to offer us a new gift: a step-by-step guide on how to write and on how to manage the writer’s life. From “Getting Started,’ with “Short Assignments,” through “Shitty First Drafts,” “Character,” “Plot,” “Dialogue.” all the way from “False Starts” to “How Do You Know When You’re Done?” Lamott encourages, instructs, and inspires. She discusses “Writers Block,” “Writing Groups,” and “Publication.” Bracingly honest, she is also one of the funniest people alive.

If you have ever wondered what it takes to be a writer, what it means to be a writer, what the contents of your school lunches said about what your parents were really like, this book is for you. From faith, love, and grace to pain, jealousy, and fear, Lamott insists that you keep your eyes open, and then shows you how to survive. And always, from the life of the artist she turns to the art of life.



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