J. Jobe


The real payoff is the writing itself... total dedication is the point. --- Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

Show time some respect. Value this precious time that you crave. --- Jen Sincero, You Are a Badass

Online Resources

www.nanowrimo.org Write a novel in a month!

www.writeordie.com Write with a stick and a carrot.

https://750words.com Only $5 a month, a simple place to write and view cool stats.

www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net An amazing resource for all things Arkansas.

Neil Gaiman’s “make good art” speech Also included in book form below.


The Geek’s Guide to the Writing Life by Stephanie Vanderslice

On Writing by Stephen King

On Writing Well by William Zinsser

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg

The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

The Writing Life by Annie Dillard

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami

If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland

No Plot? No Problem! by Chris Baty

You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero

Creating A Life Worth Living by Carol Lloyd

Make Good Art by Neil Gaiman

The Elements of Style by Strunk & White

Tea Life, Tea Mind by Soshitsu Sen XV

On My To Read List

Daily Rituals by Mason Currey

Pep Talks for Writers by Grant Faulkner

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr

The Paris Review Interviews Volumes 1–4

Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss

The Faith of a Writer by Joyce Carol Oates

Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon

Zen and the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury

Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass

Walking on Water by Madeleine L’Engle

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

Writing Tools by Roy Peter Clark

Steering the Craft by Ursula K. LeGuin

The Forest for the Trees by Betsy Lerner

Negotiating With the Dead by Margaret Atwood

Check out these and many more from the CALS collection. If we don’t have it, we might be able to get it through interlibrary loan. And don’t forget to search by author—many of these authors have written several great books.

Last Updated June 23, 2020