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
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