Of course, being of a literary turn of mind I would suggest that you first read some books about writing. So I thought I’d share with you some of my favourites – those books that inspire me and that I turn to again and again whenever I feel like having my creativity tickled:
Listen to Me: Writing Life into Meaning by Lynn Lauber – Whenever I teach creative writing to adults this is the book I find I draw on most. Lauber is a beautiful writer, and the book is filled with writerly anecdotes as well as reflections on her own autobiography. Ostensibly a guide to writing memoir, it is in fact an enchanting and absorbing read all on its own that should certainly inspire you to approach the writing of memoir with a sense of fun and a lightness of touch.
Writing the Sacred Journey by Elizabeth J. Andrew – Andrew manages to find the most extraordinary examples of spiritual memoir and draw from them the essence of what all writers should be trying to describe. I have been lead to write so many astounding and original books because of the excerpts she includes in this book. A gentle and belletristic guide to writing a spiritual memoir, I love the prompts and exercises in this book and it is a constant resource for me.
Writing Open the Mind by Andy Couturier – This is quite novel, a psychoanalytic approach to creative writing that approaches the writing process more as a tool for personal discovery than an actual craft. If ever I really want to challenge myself, or to throw some crazy stuff out there, this is the book I turn to. It is so quirky and draws on so many traditions and ideas that it would be impossible not to find something to like and inspire in this book. A personal favourite is the exhaustive and amusing list of genres the author provides. I want to write a book for each one.
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