Monday, November 28, 2011

If you're winding down after NaNoWriMo, let me introduce you to some "light" reading: namely, Monica Wood's The Pocket Muse, published by Writer's Digest Books and also available at I stumbled on to her second volume New Ideas for Writing in a small bookstore called A Cup of Coffee and a Good Book on the main street of Van Buren AR. The first volume is Ideas and Inspiration for Writing. 

I'm not quite 60 pages into Volume #2, a gem of a book just the right size for pocket or purse. It's chock full of words of advice, pithy quotes, striking and thought-provoking B&W pictures, and topics to get you started writing writing writing. It's not your standard "how-to" book with chapters and text. Rather, it's easy on the eyes with information scattered about among pictures and many pages with just ONE sentence, quote, or idea.

You'll find
  • "Notice(s) from the Department of Procrastination Prevention"
  • "A Tip on ______"
  • "Memo(s) from the Department of Just Showing Up"
  • "Write About _________"
  • "Today Only-Writer's Special"
and so much more. It's one of those books that you won't just read and put on the shelf. 

While I'm on the subject of books to get your started--and keep you writing, I'll mention a book I blogged about several years ago: Name the World and Other Exercises for the Creative Writer edited by Bret Anthony Johnson. Each chapter is followed by a set of writing "exercises" which can be used to spark a story. The final chapter is full of five, ten, and twenty-minute warm-ups which could easily morph into short stories or even longer works.

We all need a good swift kick to restart after NaNoWriMo! These books will do it!

Where do YOU get your inspiration and ideas?

1 comment:

K9friend said...

Sound like a good book, Judy! For the most part, I don't get inspired. I have to make myself sit down and write. That usually results in my entering the "zone" which always sparks an idea or two.

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