Resources for Writers

Resources for Writers

Here’s a concise list of web and book resources for writers. If you like this, you may enjoy exploring our treasure trove of writing advice from classic women authors.

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The Literary Ladies’ Guide to the Writing Life by Nava Atlas

The Literary Ladies' Guide to the Writing Life by Nava AtlasThe Literary Ladies’ Guide to the Writing Life presents twelve celebrated women authors and draws on their diaries, letters, memoirs, and interviews to show how they expressed their views on the subjects of importance to every writer – from carving out time to write to conquering their inner demons to developing a “voice” to balancing the demands of family life with the need to write. Nava Atlas provides her own illuminating commentary as well and reveals how the lessons of classic women writers of the past still resonate with women writing today. Read More→


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Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott

Bird by bird by Anne LamottThink you’ve got a book inside of you? Anne Lamott isn’t afraid to help you let it out. She’ll help you find your passion and your voice, beginning from the first really crummy draft to the peculiar letdown of publication. Readers will be reminded of the energizing books of writer Natalie Goldberg and will be seduced by Lamott’s witty take on the reality of a writer’s life, which has little to do with literary parties and a lot to do with jealousy, writer’s block and going for broke with each paragraph.  Read More→


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The Writing Life: Writers on How They Think and Work by Marie Arana

The Writing Life by Marie AranaFeaturing a gathering of more than fifty of contemporary literature’s finest voices, this volume will enchant, move, and inspire readers with its tales of The Writing Life. In it, authors divulge professional secrets: how they first discovered they were writers, how they work, how they deal with the myriad frustrations and delights a writer’s life affords. Read More→


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Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande

Becoming a Writer by Dorothea BrandeEven in 1934, Dorothea Brande knew that most writers didn’t need another book on “technique” — and this, before so many more would be published. No, she realized, as John Gardner notes in his foreword, “the root problems of the writer are personality problems,” and thus her wise book is designed to simply help you get over yourself and start writing, with techniques ranging from a simple declaration to write every day at a fixed time — no matter what — to exercises that come close to inventing the TM and self-actualization movements that would follow a few decades later.

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