Like many authors I have a complete addiction to writing books. Nothing makes me happier than learning more about craft and trying to make my stories the best they can be. However, I also have a deep love of books that look at the creative soul and to cope with all of the mental roadblocks that artists come up against in their day to day life. Especially because over the years I’ve definitely suffered from my fair share of writer’s block (and for all those people out there who don’t think it exists, I will say only this – it doesn’t exist to you – and that makes you amazing since it means you’ve overcome the obstacles that hold so many creative people back).
Anyway, today I just wanted to take a bow down to The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. If anyone is suffering from self-doubt or struggling to get words onto the page then I can’t recommend this book highly enough. At first I was concerned by the tile, not the play on words, which I think is awesome. But rather because it suggested combat and since I know for myself that battling my way through things have never helped, I wasn’t sure if his message would resonate with me. Wrong. So wrong! The War of Art really gets to the heart of the creative struggle and breaks it down so simply yet so effectively. Definitely a double thumbs up from me (what? No, of course I’m not actually making that hand signal because that would embarrass my children and I would NEVER do that!)
What about everyone else? What has been the best craft/creative book that you’ve read lately?