Day 26 – “Z” “Zen in the Art of Writing”… and Other Works
“You grow ravenous. You run fevers. You know exhilarations. You can’t sleep at night, because your beast-creature ideas want out and turn you in your bed.
It is a grand way to live.”
– Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing
I absolutely love books on writing, particularly those by writers whom I admire and am inspired by. Entire books on the topic, essays, random articles, quotations, I just love them. I’m currently devouring “Bird by Bird” by Anne Lamott, and have “On Writing” by Stephen King and “Still Writing” by Dani Shapiro sitting in my “to read” pile, anxiously awaiting the chance to delve in.
In my post on inspiration, I discussed the various things that motivate me to write my very best and most true work (mainly: people, places, and experience). Whenever I find myself lacking inspiration for whatever reason, picking up one of these books and reading about how other authors tick helps me pick up the pieces and push on.
The way I see it, these authors are doing something right, so why not try to figure out what that is? Whether the advice they are giving focuses on routines and habits, tips for busting through periods of writer’s block, how they find inspiration, their writing process(es), and various other topics, I soak it all up with a relish and apply these tips as necessary.
Do you find essays, books, and quotes from writers you admire to be helpful? Do you find them inspiring? Any particular authors/works that you especially appreciate?
I can’t believe this is the last post in this year’s A-Z Blogging Challenge! I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone who followed along, commented, and partook in discussions. So many of YOU are writers and authors whose work I admire and find particularity inspirational. And so, this post is dedicated to all of you!