I have had a serious hit of inspiration lately, on a couple of levels.
Firstly, an impending career change has, and still is, making me really think about who I am and where I am heading.
Secondly, some great reading material has encouraged me and opened my eyes to new adventures. It is this that I want to share with you today – the other I can share when it is a little more concrete!
So here are some tidbits and you can see what you think:
“Books are a uniquely portable magic”
“It starts with this: put your desk in the corner, and every time you sit down there to write, remind yourself why it isn’t in the middle of the room. Life isn’t a support-system for art. It’s the other way around”
“Sometimes you have to go on (writing) when you don’t feel like it, and sometimes you’re doing good work when it feels like all you’re managing is to shovel shit from a sitting position”
— from Stephen King ‘On Writing’
I have never read a Stephen King book before (I have a thing against scary books! – and sorry Mr King, but I have put your books in that ‘scary’ category), however there were great reviews about this book so I picked it up just after Christmas and was virtually unable to put it down – how someone can explain the craft of writing and make it ‘gripping’ is the mark of a really great storyteller. So many of his points hit home, it was if I had just taken grade 12 English at school again. For example – read more (I confess to having spent most of my time reading things on the computer, but reading books is far superior - edited for a start!), write more (every day, he suggests), the importance of grammar and vocabulary, the passive voice, adverbs ……. and indeed, at the end of the book he managed to reduce me to tears – unfair play Mr King! So he has succeeded on every level here – educational and emotional. Well worth a read if you are so inclined.
“While you may not (yet) see your blog as a business, you should still spread the word about it by having business cards made with your logo or header, web site URL, and e-mail address”
“You’re a blogger – so you gotta love modern technology”
“When trolling the World Wide Web for blogging inspiration, you’ll find yourself bookmarking items for potential future posts like crazy”
from ‘Blog Inc.’ by Joy Deangdeelert Cho (of Oh Joy! blog)
Although a lot of information is quite basic, there is definitely some good advice served up here. The interviews from successful blog writers are particularly insightful. From learning how to lay out your blog right through to making it a business, Joy explains it in simple terms with a quirky ‘blog-style’ format. Overall, fun and easy to read.
“Even when a particular project – be it a painting, book, product, service, or entity – comes into being, that’s only part of a much bigger creation journey”
“….(Seth) Godin recommends that we seek out heroes, accomplished individuals who can inspire us by example without having to provide individual feedback and support”
“My wife is my champion, and I am hers. And I cannot tell you how profoundly that knowledge has changed my ability to create, innovate, build, and take the risks that have brought me to this place in life”
from ‘Uncertainty’ by Jonathan Fields.
I heard about this book over at Claude Oggier’s site and felt that it might relate a bit to my personality – lots of ideas but not always sure about how to move it forwards. It is definitely a book that you have to concentrate on, so only a few pages before bed, better as a sitting-down-with-a-pen-in-hand type of book, underlining useful links. But it is what it says on the tin – inspires creativity by using your fear as fuel.
Here are what others have to say:
Inspirational Books: 10 reads help you succeed Huffington Post
Books that will Inspire You Rowdy Kittens
15 Books to Inspire you to a more Interesting Life Do Something Cool
10 must read inspirational books My Supercharged Life