Craft and inspirational book of the week is:
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!
Some Instructions on Writing and Life
by Anne Lamott (Goodreads Author)
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.