I know, this is maybe an article you’ve read thousands of times while looking for inspiration, routine and writing. When you begin your journey as a writer, you’re always wondering how the others are doing. How do they find the time to write? How did they become successful? The answer is… there is no answer. So I’m sharing 3 books I’ve read on writing that I find inspiring, starting with the very famous:
On Writing by Stephen King
This book is the best one you can find about writing. Stephen King is talking about his debuts as a writer, how he struggled with his writing and how he got his first short story published, aged 11. He talks about his family, his process, his demons as well. And he gives incredible tips on how you can become a writer yourself.
“Words create sentences; sentences create paragraphs; sometimes paragraphs quicken and begin to breathe.” – Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft
I think this sentence is maybe the most important of the book. It reminds me that no matter how much I write, a manuscript is always a bunch of words put together. At the end of the day, the words add up and form a story. For all aspiring authors (first of all, if you write you’re not an “aspiring”, you’re a writer 😉 ), it is inspiring and encouraging to know that even the great Stephen King had his problems.
What I talk about when I talk about running by Haruki Murakami
I wasn’t really sure whether this book would be useful or not. At the beginning, I thought it was more a runner’s memoir, but it has some pretty good advice on writing. I mean, writing is a solitary and sedentary work. You don’t move that much when you’re sitting on a chair, writing on a keyboard or a notebook. So I wanted to know how you could have an active life and still spend time on your story. Murakami had the answer: discipline.
“The only opponent you have to beat is yourself, the way you used to be.” – Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running.
What I loved about this book is that Murakami made a comparison between running and writing. I found it very inspiring because sometimes I feel myself a bit overwhelmed by all the things I have to do in a day. And discovering how he managed to find the time to run and how he continued to write, I don’t know, I just feel it’s really helpful for me.
Daily Rituals by Mason Currey
I’ve read this book more recently, when I felt I couldn’t consider myself a writer because I wasn’t writing full time. This book helped me a lot in the realisation of the fact that I don’t need to write 2,000 words to be a writer. A writer writes, that’s the main thing. Currey describes the rituals of hundreds of creatives, whether they are musicians, sculptors, writers, etc. At the end of my reading, I was relieved not to be alone.
“Inspiration is for amateurs,” Close says. “The rest of us just show up and get to work.” – Mason Currey, Daily Rituals: How Artists Work.
The most important thing to remember from this book is that whether you write full time or not, whether you write 500 or 2,000 words per day, as long as you keep going you’re a writer. It is important to know that there are authors just like us, struggling with focus and procrastination. Being a writer is a solitary work, but we are not alone.
Hope you enjoyed this little selection 🙂 And don’t forget: keep on writing!
What do you think of this list? Do you have any other inspiring books?
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