For whatever reason, I’m drawn to non-fiction books. Normally I avoid those types of books like the plague. Now don’t get me wrong, I love history…I just don’t like reading about it. But apparently, that has changed. I blame the musical Hamilton. I’ve been listening to the soundtrack for months nearly non-stop. I also love learning about Colonial America. Well now I’m reading the biography that inspired the musical and because of that, the flood gates have opened. I’m adding non-fiction books left and right.
But you know what? I love reading and learning. I think it’s high time that I branch out into the fascinating world of non-fiction. Either way, I’ll be happy.
Like many writers, I have been writing for a good chunk of my life. And I can promise you that none, I repeat, none of my early works will ever see the light of day…ever. But those early samples hold a special place in my heart because they show just how far I’ve come as a writer and I’m not done learning how to be the best writer I can be. During a particularly bad bout of writer’s block I headed to my local book store. I happened across a small but helpful section that had nothing but books about being a better writer. I picked up a couple and bought them. So far I’ve only started going through one, but already I’m finding it helpful.
Here are the books if anyone is interested.
I also stumbled across a rather interesting site called skill share. I haven’t actually signed up for any classes yet (my life is too hectic right now) but they look like they have a number of classes that I want to get in on. Stuff like creative writing, marketing, editing, etc.
So here’s the question I pose to my fellow writers out there, have you guys found any interesting sights or tools that help you master your trade? Looking forward to learning about them.
If you haven’t seen Rise of the Guardians, you should. Not only is it a cute animated movie about childhood, it has some pretty good messages. One of the themes revolves around Jack Frost as he tries to figure out what his center is, the reason why the moon choose him to become a Guardian. Most people spend their entire lives looking for the one thing that makes them who they are. There are a lot of things that make up a person but their center is what pulls all others towards it.
For me, I believe it’s writing. When I’m in front of my computer or scrawling ideas down in my ratty notebook, I feel the surest in my skin. Writing is creating. Writing is teaching. Writing is giving comfort to those who need it. I can’t imagine not doing it and I can’t live without it.
Like I’ve said before, writer’s block is a b****. Today I sat down at my computer and just stared at the page. Nothing. I re-read what I already wrote. Nothing. I tried to do some free writing…nothing. SIGH!
I even BSed around and cleaned up some of the files on my computer but the muses have abandoned me. I wallow in my despair, trying to figure out how in the world did I offend our lovely ladies of the arts and search for the means to get back into their good graces.
I thought about reorganizing my bookcase, but as I stared at it, I realized that the only way to clean it up is to get a new bookcase. Mind you, the top row is double stacked and I have three complete series on top.