Books To Inspire Writing Adventures

Steve's Sundry, Tulsa, Oklahoma, bookstore, photo by kristin nador

Here’s a list of books I’ve read and highly recommend to get you in the mood for your own writing adventures. The criteria I try to stick to for a good writing adventures inspiration book is:

#1 excellent writing

#2 relates to the writing life

#3 gives encouragement

#4 takes you along on their own writing adventure

This could include instructional books, memoir, travel writing, even fiction. Check back often as I add to the list, and share any recommendations you might have in the comments below.


001: The Artist’s Way – Julia Cameron

002: Writing Down The Bones – Natalie Goldberg

003: Bird By Bird – Anne Lamott

004: The Creative Habit – Twyla Tharpe

005: Secrets From A Creativity Coach – Romney Nesbitt

006: Zen and The Art of Writing – Ray Bradbury

007: Negotiating With The Dead – Margaret Atwood

008: If You Want To Write – Brenda Ueland

009: On Writing – Stephen King

010: Do The Work – Steven Pressfield

011: My Reading Life – Pat Conroy

012: Writing Away – Lavinia Spaulding

013: My Antonia – Willa Cather

014: The Water Is Wide – Pat Conroy

015: The Bean Trees – Barbara Kingsolver

016: Interpreter of Maladies – Jhumpa Lahiri

017: The Complete Works of Emerson and Thoreau

018: The Writing Life – Annie Dillard