- On Writing, by Stephen King
I loved this book even before I was writing anything worth talking about. Half-memoir, half-toolbox, it’s a powerful voice in favor of “blue-collar” writing.
- Story, by Robert McKee
How do you know if what you’ve written is any good? I’m using this book to become my own editor (because let’s face it–no one else is going to do it for you). What works? And why? It’s all here–don’t be scared off by the purported focus on screenwriting, nearly everything in Robert McKee’s book is applicable to storytelling of any kind.
- “Find What You Love And Let It Kill You” by James Rhodes
This is pinned up on the wall next to my computer. Go back to it whenever you need to tap into a bit of ferocious, intense creative insanity.
This is my favorite public studio space to watch one of the masters at work.
Do you keep wasting hours on Reddit/Imgur/Medium/Quora? Get this free Chrome add-on to limit your time on those sites with a simple timer and silly pop-up windows.
Learning to write Sci-Fi or Fantasy? Patrick Rothfuss’s list of favorites is a good genre-wide primer (warning: by “40” books he actually means close to 130).
I’ve been using Chris Guillebeau’s concept of an annual, personal review for a few years now. For anyone pursuing individual creative (and professional) goals, this is a powerful tool to make sure you’re actually going in the direction you want to go. As Chris says, “I’d rather be doing the right things poorly than the wrong things well.”