Books That Make Me Feel Like Wonder Woman, Part 1

July 16, 2011

Whether you’re a writer or a gardener, a veterinarian or a web mistress, you have days when you feel like Wonder Woman . . . And then you have days when your tiara’s missing and your bracelets aren’t deflecting those bummer-inducing bullets the way they should.

As a writer, I seek help from other writers–specifically, from writers in written form. I have a toolbox of books that never fail to pull me out of the proverbial gutter and get me back in the game. If you need a pocket cheerleader, maybe some of these recommendations can help. They’re not listed in order of favorites as the top slot changes depending on my needs, but the first one I want to list is…

On Writing by Stephen King

A meditation on writing is all the more compelling when it’s told as an autobiography; well, when we’re reading about King, anyway. The legendary master of horror and all-around great writer is a compelling enough character that what you came for–writing advice–is a sort of tangent as King tells stories from his life. And they’re good stories. Now you’ll know where he got all those crazy ideas about possessed laundry machines and rabid dogs.

In addition to his invaluable recommendations about writing (turn off the TV; “How many repeats do you really need to see?”), King gives readers something extra: incredible amounts of encouragement. Seldom is heard a discouraging word in On Writing, which isn’t the case in some other “This is how I approach my craft [<--pretentious word alert], and by the way, there's no money in writing and it'll rip your soul apart" books. (I hate those. Writing is awesome. My soul is intact. I'll get back to you about the money when I'm the Nora Roberts of New Jersey.) Stay tuned for more recommendations of books that can have you flying like you own an invisible plane. And if you've got a list, send it to me in the Comments section! xx, S


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