Need some help to get inspired?

Slide1Winter is an excellent time to get your creative juices flowing, since few of us are going to brave the cold, wind, and wet that waits beyond our doors and windows.  But even on these inspiring early evening, we all could use a little inspiration to pick up our pens or to put our fingers on the keys.  Lucky for us, creative writers have always been willing to pay it forward and offer us advice and support to get us in the writing mood.  Many of them offer practical advice about getting started and getting published, but they all talk about their personal relationships with writing, and why they continue to write and talk about writing years after their careers first began.

Here are our top ten favorite books about writing by writers:

  1. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
  2. Earnest Hemingway On Writing edited by Larry W. Phillips
  3. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamont
  4. The Writing Life by Annie Dillard
  5. On Writing by Eudora Welty
  6. Conversations with Kurt Vonnegut edited by William Rodney Allen
  7. Why I Write by George Orwell
  8. Make Good Art by Neil Gaiman
  9. First We Read, Then We Write: Emerson on the Creative Process edited by Robert D. Richardson
  10. Inventing the Truth: The Art and Craft of Memoir by William Zinsser

Pick up one of these books today, and maybe someday, we’ll be adding you to our top ten list!

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WehlerMelissa Wehler, PhD. serves as the Assistant Dean of General Education and Professor of English at Central Penn College where she teaches classes on writing, literature, and film.  Her academic writing has been published in several essay collections including Demons of the Body and Mind Transnational Gothic , and A Quest of Her Own: Essays on the Female Hero in Modern Fantasy where she discusses topics including madness, disability studies, the gothic, and nationalism.

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