Why I write...
"We write to lure, enchant, and to console others. We write to serenade. We write
to taste life twice, once in the moment and once in retrospection. We write to be
able to transcend our life, to reach beyond it. We write to teach ourselves to speak
to others, to record the journey into the labyrinth. We write to expand our world
when we feel strangled or restricted or lonely. If you do not breathe through writing,
if you do not cry out in writing or sing in writing, then don’t write, because our
culture has no use for it." ~ Anaïs Nin, A New Woman
The single best blog
for aspiring writers, by Jane Friedman.
This post will answer most of your questions and give you a ton of great
My Short Synopsis of the Basics
What you have to KNOW to get published:
What you have to DO to get published:
How to survive the wait to get published;
or, what I wish I had known ten years ago!
To get those creative juices flowing:
Writing Down the Bones and Wild
Mind, by Natalie Goldberg. If you are the type of writer who enjoys structured
exercises, these are definitely the books for you. Short chapters, easy to read,
and thought provoking.
The Artist’s Way, by Julie Cameron.
Terrific program to enhance creativity, for those extra-determined types. Excellent
choice to thumb through on those bad days when you can’t believe you ever thought
you could be a writer.
On Writing, by Stephen King. Practical,
tell it like it is, sit your butt down in front of the computer and get it done.
Fabulous motivation, dispels a lot of the myths around the need for inspiration
to write. It’s a job - sit down and do it advice.
To approach agents/publishers
once your book is complete:
Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers,
Editors, and Literary Agents: Who They are, What they Want, and how to Win them
over!, by Jeff Herman.
(Anything by Jeff Herman is an excellent resource.)