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.
- "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"
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?