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I'm rereading "If You Want to Write" by Brenda Ueland. I always find it motivating.

Two other great ones are "Bird by Bird" by Anne Lamott and "The War of Art" by Steven Pressfield.

Any one else have any personal favorites? Not for technical advice but for inspiration.

  • Profile picture of the author oneplusone
    The War of Art is a great book.

    I haven't read the other two books you mention.
    'If you hear a voice within you say "you cannot paint," then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.' Vincent Van Gogh.
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    • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
      I've spoken to several writers who've cited "Becoming A Writer" by Dorothea Brande as the inspiration that kickstarted their careers.

      Not bad for a book originally published in 1934.

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    • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
      Some years back Stephen King wrote a very interesting book about writing -- I think it's called On Writing?
      Yep. Excellent book. I got that for Christmas a few years ago, and it was like listening to an old friend. Except King is a Red Sox fan...

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      • Profile picture of the author Ted_B
        Hello all,
        I've read the Stephen King book and also "Bird by Bird", but my all time favorite book on writing is called "Stein on Writing" by Sol Stein.
        It mainly targets fiction writing but I've found all sorts of useful things in this book for non-fiction writers as well. I think I've read it five times now, and after typing this up I may try it again, it's been a while.

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  • Profile picture of the author spearce000
    Scientific Advertising by Claude Hopkins has inspired many a copywriter.
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
      The book that I've found more inspiring and helpful than any other book on writing I've ever read (and that's a lot) is "Writing A Thriller" by André Jute. Nothing to do with its being addressed primarily to would-be thriller writers: it's packed with incidental stuff about everything else connected with writing, and is a great book on a subject about which there's certainly a plethora of not-so-great books.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rose Anderson
    I agree regarding the Stephen King and Dorothea Brande books. They were both good.

    Alexa, I haven't read that one yet. I'm going to check it out.
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    • Profile picture of the author myob
      One of the most fascinating books I've ever had the pleasure to read was "The Lazy Man's Way to Riches" by Joe Karbo. It was the inspiration for writing many of my own publications in the same genre, beginning with serial writings on Stercus Tauri.

      This intriquing book, "The Lazy Man's Way to Riches" captures the imagination in what is truly possible in brevity that encompasses an entire field of specialized analysis.

      Beginning from its alluring headline coupled within its attention-grabbing pages, the reader is thrust into an esoteric resonance in this market and emerges with an epiphanic comprehension in sales-driven somnolence.

      Very little is left in the chasm between understanding this topic and its far-encompassing depth in alignment with theoretical study.

      With a fervor rarely seen, the author beckons curiosity from the first opening salvo to its last riveting line unabated with memorable quotes such as:

      "Success is a matter of viewpoint. The pessimist sees the bottle as half empty. The optimist sees it as half full.",
      "Don't be too busy earning a living to make any money.",
      "The only things I regret... are the things I didn't do."

      First published in 1973, "The Lazy Man's Way to Riches" has sold more than 20 million copies. It is available on Amazon and in the finer stores near you.
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  • Profile picture of the author marketwarrior06
    i am not very much interested in reading books but i just read some pages of The War of Art. and without any doubt its an awesome book.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rose Anderson
    Your review alone, without even reading the book, has inspired me to want to be a lazy man.
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    • Profile picture of the author myob

      Glad to have been such an inspiration. LOL!

      There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.
      - Charles Dickens
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