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 write with a stick and a carrot only $5 a month, a simple place to write & view stats an amazing resource for all things Arkansas
Neil Gaiman’s “make good art” speech also available in book form below

Favorites For Writers
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 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
The Elements of Style by Strunk & White
The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr

Favorites for Creatives
The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp
The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero
Creating A Life Worth Living by Carol Lloyd
Make Good Art by Neil Gaiman
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon
Tea Life, Tea Mind by Soshitsu Sen XV

Writing & Creative TBRs
Daily Rituals by Mason Currey
Pep Talks for Writers by Grant Faulkner
The Paris Review Interviews Volumes 1–4
Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss
The Faith of a Writer by Joyce Carol Oates
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

Favorites for Productivity
Atomic Habits by James Clear
The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll
The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
Badass Habits by Jen Sincero
The Power of Ritual by Casper Ter Kuile

Productivity TBR
The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal
The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
Write It Down, Make It Happen by Henriette Anne Klauser
Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Start your search with the CALS collection, and don’t forget to check the Libby and Hoopla apps for ebooks and audiobooks. If we don’t have a title, we may 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 February 7, 2024