I have been an avid reader since the 90’s (to be fair, I was born in 89′) when overalls and the Babysitters Club were cool. Along with being an avid reader, I’ve always considered myself a creative. Throughout the years of cultivating my creativity, I have fallen into pits of self doubt and utter despair because of this thing that I love. 2 books that have pulled me out of those times by my bootstraps are these amazing classics.
Bird by Bird was a book suggested to me by a professor in my last year of college. He described it vaguely and really, it is about so much more than writing. It is as if Anne Lamott knew my struggle. She has such a grasp on creativity, writing, and what that all means in relation to life and growth. It is truly amazing and I felt amazing after reading it. As soon as I finished, I wanted to start from the beginning. Read this book NOW.
Favorite quote from Bird by Bird:
“You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.”
Have you ever wondered why it can be so difficult to do the thing that you love the most when it comes to creativity? I have and, after reading The War of Art, I now know why. Steven Pressfield talks extensively about resistance and why we block out own creativity. Go pick this book up right the heck now!
Favorite quote from The War of Art:
“Defeating Resistance is like giving birth. It seems absolutely impossible until you remember that a woman have been pulling it off successfully, with support and without, for fifty million years.”
Trust me when I tell you, these books will completely change your relationship to your creative work. In the spirit of LeVar Burton: Don’t take my word for it!