Every writer is a reader too, that is an established fact. We are always trying to polish our craft, make it better, easier (though who are we kidding?) and more beautiful. Because we learnt the magic of a story through books, we turn to them whenever we are faced with a problem, because books are known to be man’s best friend. There are few glorified books on the writing craft. I have three of them, and I turn to them when I need inspiration or am facing an obstruction. I’ll be naming these books, but first, I’ll offer a more sound advice.
The books that made you love to read, will be the ones to inspire you to write.
I haven’t read it anywhere, it’s something I learned myself. There’s a reason why you love certain stories, characters. Read those books, understand those reasons and get to writing so you too can create such stories, that people will love. I’m not asking you to rip off a character and fit him into your story, though that’s fanfiction and it can be pretty great too. I’m asking you to read between the lines and figure out where the author tapped into your emotions to make you feel invested in the story, where he raised the stakes in a way that you could relate to the character’s emotions and he came alive for you. Learn those skills, practice them and get better at doing what you love, because that’s what I’m trying to do too.
Here’s Writing Down The Bones by Natalie Goldberg. This book has helped me through writer’s block and after doing one of the exercises, I felt right back on track.
Bird by Bird’s blurb was something I loved:
“Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he’d had three months to write. [It] was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother’s shoulder, and said. ‘Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.'”
With that said, let me know your thoughts below. 🙂