Books for and about Journaling

  • Creativity
    Succulent Wild Love – SARK
    Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert
    Trust the Process – Shaun McNiff
    Writing the Wave Elizabeth Ayres
    Writing Down the Bones – Natalie Goldberg
    Wild Minds – Natalie Goldberg
    The Art Instinct – Denis Dutton
    The Art of Travel – Alain De Botton
    Steal Like an Artist – Austin Kleon
    Creating Time – Market Makridakis
  • Journaling Specifics
    The Journal Writing Superpower Secret – Michael Forest
    The Journal Workshop – Ira Progoff
    Your Next Big Thing – Ben Michaelis
    Let it Out: A journey Through Journaling, Katie Dalebout
    Opening Up by Writing it Down – James Pennebaker and Joshua Smyth
    Journaling: How to Write Journal in a Way that Improves Every Aspect of Your Life – Kyial Robinson
    Keep a Journal: the Basics – Matt Briggs
    The Artist Way – Julia Cameron
    Wild ideas – Cathy Wild
    Fire up your Writing Brain – Susan Reynolds
    Journal to the self – Kathleen Adams
    The Four Methods of Journal Writing –
    Write Free, Attracting the Creative LIfe – Rebecca Lawton and Jordan Rosenfeld
    Life on Purpose – Victor Strachey
    Your Brain on Ink – Deborah Ross and Kathleen Adams
    Reclaim Your creative Soul – Crissi Langwell
    Journey of Memoir – Linda Joy Myers

Books On Writing

This is not an exhaustive list, but rather my own list, from my bookshelf at home and my bookshelf on Goodreads.

Books on writing written by famous authors

  • A Writer’ Diary – Woolf
  • A Room of One’s Own – Woolf
  • On Writing – Steven King
  • Steering the Craft – Ursula K Le Guin
  • The Writing of Fiction –  Edith Wharton
  • Write Away – Elizabeth George
  • Writing a Woman’s Life – Carolyn Heilbrun
  • Zen in the Art of Writing – Ray Bradbury

Books on writing by Newbie Writers Podcast guests

  • Blog your Book – Nina AmirStart That Book this Winter
  • Don’t Write Like You Talk – Catharine Bramkamp
  • Shoot Your Novel  (and coming, her new book 12 Pillars of Writing) – CS Lakin
  • You’ve Got a Book in You – Elizabeth Sims

The Famous Standards

  • The Right to Write – Julia Cameron  and any other book in the Artist’s Way series that catches your imagination and that you think will help.
  • Writing Down the Bones – Natalie Goldberg, although my favorite is Wild Mind, Goldberg creates a whole arch of experiences with her books which has been both delightful and instructive to follow.
  • Writing Fiction (any edition)  Janet Burroway

Some current favorites

  • Wonderbook, The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction – Jeff Vandermeer
  • Writing Away –  Lavinia Spalding
  • Writing the Life Poetic – Sage Cohen

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Books to Inspire and focus on creativity, for both artists and writers and for writers who by now should realize they too are artists.Library - newbie writers

Don’t write like You Talk – Catharine Bramkamp

The Artist’s Way Julia Cameron

Writing Down the Bones Natalie Goldberg

SARK’s New Creative Companion

Jack Kerouac Book of Haikus

Writing The Life Poetic Sage Cohen

Naked, Drunk, and Writing Adair Lara

SARK’s New Creative Companion – SARK

SARK is always lively and inspirational, you can take small bites from her work, and either lunch onto something more creative, or just feel better about yourself. She is very affirming. SARK has written many books and has created a supportive on-line community, she will welcome you with open arms!

Creative is a Verb – if you’re alive, you’re creative – Patti Digh

Patti is a great creative cheerleader. Her suggestions for sparking creativity are inspiration and sometimes silly. I tend to relate more to her techniques and style than SARK. Take a look at both books and choose the one that resonates best.

The Life Organizer – A woman’s guide to a mindful year – Jennifer Louden

Comfort, permission and a whole different way to manage your days, this will take you past your every day to do lists. If you are tired of power anything, tired to making sure you maintain the seven habits of success, if you are exhausted thinking about quadrants, this is a nice reprieve.

Creative Time and Space – Making Room for Making Art – Rice Freeman Zachery

Living the Creative Life – Ideas and inspiration from working artists – Rice Freeman Zachery

Both these books are geared toward the visual artist,  but I like how Freeman-Zachery invites the reader into the artists world, studio and thought process. If you thought you were “the only one” this book will give you some extra tribe members.

Fearless Creating – Eric Maisel – I love most of Maisel’s books, this one is very helpful for stuck or just beginning artists, including writers. I am not reading the whole thing cover to cover, but I found relevant entries that apply to my own specific situation and you can too.

See also: Brainstorm and Creativity for Life

Creating Time – Using Creativity to re-invent the Clock and Reclaim Your Life. – Marney Makridakis

If you thought the ideas in The Life Organizer were radical,  plunge into Makridakis’s book and re-think time and the idea that there just isn’t enough of it for creative work.

 You’ve Got a Book in You – Elizabeth Sims  

Light hearted and encouraging, Elizabeth encourages writers in a rather new way – cut the crap, cut the angst and just put down @ 200 words a day. Just write.  Just like every book we read about writing books. BUT sometimes you need to hear it a few different ways before you are both completely encouraged and completely convinced that you can do it.  We interviewed Elizabeth on Newbie Writers Podcast Episode #140.