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Passages from 5 Inspiring Books About Writing

I try to read a lot…mainly because I love to read. But also because all great writers should (in my opinion) be great readers, too.

In my reading adventures, I try to include books about writing for obvious reasons: I want to be the best writer I can be, and I want to become a master of my craft.

Following are some of my favorite passages from books about writing.

Zen in the  Art of Writing, Ray Bradbury

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The Great Spring, Natalie Goldberg

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Writing Down the Bones, Natalie Goldberg

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Wild Mind, Natalie  Goldberg (yes, obviously I’m a fan)

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The War of Art, Steven Pressfield

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That last one might be my favorite.

Have any favorite books about writing? Or favorite quotes about this crazy thing we do? Please share!


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Great sounding books. Thanks for the taste from each. So Hitler was nothing more than a frustrated artist. Beware of frustration then. Let us just think about being cups always being filled until we runneth over with BS, which doesn’t mean balance sheet.

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Comment by Karina Pinella

Wow. These are fantastic! Saved some.

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Comment by bookloverbabbles

Awesome! I hope if you go on to read the books in full, you enjoy them.

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Comment by Katrina

Thank you! 😀

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Comment by bookloverbabbles

Thanks for this, Katrina. I am a Goldberg fan, too. Also—How Fiction Works, James Woods; The Writing Life, Annie Dillard; Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott

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Comment by David B. Seaburn

Bird by Bird is great! I’ll definitely have to check out How Fiction Works. Thanks for the recommendations!

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Comment by Katrina

I just finished Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott and How to Write A Damn Good Novel by James N. Frey…and I only have 40 more to go…

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Comment by cnrobinson7782

Nice! I haven’t read How to Write a Damn Good Novel – is it good?

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Comment by Katrina

Thanks for the inspiration! Looking forward to reading more of your posts.

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Comment by lorigreer

I’m so glad you liked it!!

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Comment by Katrina

Wow! These are great! The one on Hitler is, well… wow. Interesting how these picks give insights into your own deeper sensibilities as a writer and artist! Thanks for sharing! Very Encouraging! Light and Love, Shona

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Comment by phdinmeblog.wordpress.com

Thanks so much!!

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