Please note that this is in no way exhaustive. This is a start, and I’ll definitely point you back in this direction when I add new things as I find them… but, at some point, I just had to stop and post this, you know?
Book links lead you to GoodReads, unless otherwise noted.
- Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg (or any book by her, honestly; Bones is a great introduction to writing practice)
- Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott (thoughts on the writing life – which also relates to practice)
- On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King (master storyteller gives his view on the craft)
- If You Want to Write: A Book About Art, Independence, and Spirit by Brenda Ueland (not only a great book on creativity and writing, but it dates from 1938 and still rings true today)
- The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers by Christopher Vogler (a great resource on mythic journeys, heroes, and archetypes)
General Creativity/Inspiration/Personal Growth
- A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life by Donald Miller (memoir author revisits his life as he writes/films the script for the memoir)
- The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron (a 12 week course on uncovering your own creativity)
- I Thought It Was Just Me by Brene’ Brown (a fantastic book on working with shame and cultivating empathy)
- This I Know: Notes on Unraveling the Heart by Susannah Conway (an interesting look at how writing, photography, and creativity can be anchors, or threads, back to living)
Buddhism and Meditation
- Shambhala: The Sacred Path of the Warrior by Chogyam Trungpa (an introduction to Shambhala and meditation; anything by Chogyam Trungpa comes highly recommended)
- Ruling Your World: Ancient Strategies for a Modern Worldby Sakyong Mipham (another introduction to Shambhala and meditation; very direct and approachable)
- Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha by Tara Brach (a fantastic book which came to my life at quite the right moment. It’s time for a revisit.)
- Anything by Pema Chodron, whose work is accessible and relevant. My current favourite is The Places That Scare You: A Guide to Fearlessness in Difficult Times.
- Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki (meditation instruction from the Zen tradition)
- How Not to be Afraid of Your Own Life: Opening Your Heart to Confidence, Intimacy, and Joy by Susan Piver (a good meditation primer; it was a good reminder to me why I meditate in the first place)
Some of My Favourite Storytelling
- The Dark Tower series by Stephen King (my favourite book/series of all time; it’s got a little something for everyone; link goes to Wikipedia page)
- The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins (my second favourite series of all time; lots of questions about lots of relevant topics, plus, a really good story)
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (such a lovely, fantastical story of wonder)
- Duma Key by Stephen King (an artist learns about both the healing and destructive power of art)
- Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling (fantastic story about growing up, growing strong, and living with love)
A Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (classic storyteller; you can definitely tell he was paid by the word, but as a prior NaNoWriMo participant, I can appreciate it)
- Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Sofran Foer (a heartbreaking, beautiful story)
- American Gods by Neil Gaiman (an American journey toward soulfulness)
- The Open Heart Project is an online meditation learning/practicing resource. Providing dharma talks, meditation videos, and an instructor with heart and openness, the Open Heart Project is a fantastic resource.
- Golden Spiral Bookkeeping is my financial guru. Her passion for financials, along with clear explanations of what all those numbers in the spreadsheet mean, helps me understand the financial part of my business.
- Moo Cards is the site I use for my business cards. They are a fantastic company to work with and I am thrilled with my cards.
- The Visible and Real feather pen image was created by graphic designer Emily K. Hagen, with whom I worked back in 2009 and for whom I cannot find current information.
Last updated: December 30, 2012