BEGIN: Inspiration for Aspiring Authors

Photo by Braden Collum

Photo by Braden Collum

Do you know what the biggest obstacle is to starting or finishing that novel you’ve always dreamed of writing? YOU! A thousand things are going on in your life that you have to deal with day after day after day–the spouse, the kids, the job, errands, the blues, etc. And you can’t put any of that aside–or so you think.

Well, I’m here to tell you that if you ever want to get that novel written, you have got to put some writing time up there at the top of that list or your novel will never get done. Squeeze in an hour in the quiet, wee hours of the morning or 30 minutes during your lunch break or a couple of hours late at night after the kids are in bed. Whatever, whenever. You have got to begin. And then stick to a regular schedule.

Before you know it, you’ll have 25 pages, then 50, then 100. And by then, nothing will keep you away from it. So somehow, someway, right now, you’ve got to make writing one of the top two or three priorities in your life. If it’s really important to you, you’ll find a way to do that.

All too often the inability to find the time to write really gets down to a lack of motivation or confidence. Not having the time is just an excuse. To help you get past this and rev up the writing juices, I’ve listed some books that have been helpful to me with inspiration, motivation and the craft of writing. Some of them have been around for decades, but the words within are timeless.

Books on Writing

  • Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within, Natalie Goldberg
  • The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity, Deckle Edge
  • On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, Stephen King
  • The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers, John Gardner
  • The Art and Craft of Novel Writing, Oakley Hall
  • Story Engineering, Larry Brooks