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Hello! (waves!) Two weeks from today I’m launching a “How to Blog” series. This series is for anyone who’s curious about blogging–whether that means starting a blog, improving skills, or just taking a look at blogging for the first time.
I’m excited about the series! If you’d like to join us, please add your name to my email list. (You’ll only get emails about blogging. I promise.) The series is totally free and will run six weeks. It’s self guided, by the way. Sign up here: How to Blog newsletter.
Before we dig into the technical side of how to start a blog, I wanted to share a reading list with you. None of these books are required reading, of course. But they are helpful for the journey. Some of the books are about writing and others aren’t. Creativity takes courage. It requires a willingness to show up and be seen. I love all the books on the list for different reasons. Give the list a read and select a title that speaks to you. In my life, the right book always shows up at the right time. I hope the same is true for you!
On Writing: a Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
Stephen King’s memoir “On Writing” is by far my favorite book on the subject of writing. King writes passionately about the craft of writing. He shows us the bones of his processes without being preachy or condescending. This title isn’t only about writing. It’s about life; how we capture the process on the page, and the magic of it all.
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
The first time I read “Bird by Bird” by Anne Lamott, I inhaled it in a day. Over the years, I’ve returned to it many times. She doles out practical advice for getting started, talks about what it means to be stuck (are you really stuck or is it just the voice in your head tell you that you’re stuck?), and offers tips for getting your butt in the chair when it’s time to write. Oh, and through it all, she’s hilariously self-deprecating and real.
The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
Get a group of creatives together and at some point someone will bring up The Artist Way. Julia Cameron wrote a 12-week guide to reclaiming creativity. I say reclaiming because Cameron believes, as do I, that everyone has creative gifts. Some of us, however, need a little help discovering those gifts or putting them into practice. The “how to blog” series would partner really well with this title.
The Elements of Style by Strunk and White
If you write, you NEED this book. It’s a style guide written in plain English. And a classic for a reason.
The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown
The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown isn’t a book about writing. It’s about living a wholehearted life. If you find it challenging to “put yourself out there” or you feel like your life is full of “shoulds” (“I should do this….” “I shouldn’t do that…”), read this book. In fact, read all of Brené Brown’s books. But start with this one. Brown gives us guideposts to living and explains why shame and vulnerability, those two gremlins of life, can’t be ignored. Oh, and if you haven’t watched her TEDx talk, you must watch it.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
My final recommendation today is a work of fiction. It’s a short story about a boy who goes on a journey. I’d tell you more but…I don’t want to spoil it for you. This book needs to unfold for you, bringing with it whatever messages you need to hear. Trust me. This one’s a keeper.