I own a LOT of writing, editing and idea generation guides, but I'm particularly enjoying the ones in this post at the moment. Here are my top 5 recommended reads for books on how to find ideas and what to do with your creativity. The following titles include writing prompts, journaling ideas and/or explore the meaning of creativity.
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1. The Writer's Idea Book by Jack Heffron
I LOVE this title and have recommended it to lots of other authors, many of which I know have ordered and also recommended it. It is filled with inspiring thoughts and creative writing prompts that can easily be transferred into a journal entry.
Jack Heffron says that 'writing is an act of hope,' which you have to agree is simply wonderful. There is also a sequel, 'The Writer's Idea Workshop', if you need further help developing the progress you make in book one.
I purchased my copy from Waterstones many years ago, so I have one of the old covers and frankly, it's falling apart and full of scribbles!
2. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Wow, just wow! This is such a feel-good memoir about receiving ideas and working with your creativity. Elizabeth Gilbert tells some marvellous anecdotes about her own experiences and how ideas she waited too long to work with actually found their way to another author!
Elizabeth Gilbert says, '...and you have treasures hidden within you,' which is the perfect description of what journaling can reveal, too.
My friend bought this for me about 2 years ago for my birthday so I had something to read on a holiday. I finished it the day before we left! I now have it in audio too. It's my go-to book on creativity.
3. Pep Talks for Writers by Grant Faulkner
This small hardback (in size, not thickness) is packed full of interesting essays and collections of energy and inspiration-boosting tips and tricks for anyone writer of any genre.
Grant Faulkner says, '...writers depend on their observations of the world,' which correlates well to how individuals observe their thoughts and emotions when journaling or writing a memoir. I also believe we explore ourselves when we write fiction, and leave tiny pieces of our souls behind - do you agree?
I now own this title in audio, and Grant works with NaNoWriMo, so anyone participating in that every November (like now!), do be sure to get a copy.
4. The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll
A bullet journal is a fantastic way to organise your schedule, thoughts, habits and more—one journal for every purpose. I have one as well as my personal journal (because if I kept that in the same notebook, I'd go through about 20 per year!).
Ryder Carroll says, 'We need to reduce the number of decisions we burden ourselves with...' which is so true, particularly stripping back the roles we play which may not align with who we want to be or what we want to do.
Guess what... I also own this title in audio, and you can grab yourself one of the official bullet journal notebooks by clicking here.
5. Conscious Writing by Julia Mccutchen
Conscious Writing opens you up to a fresh way of thinking, and incorporates mindfulness and your writing voice.
From the back of the book: 'Realize your full potential and effortlessly stand out from the crowd as you express yourself consciously and creatively...'
You don't need to be religious or spiritual to enjoy this title and find the contents useful, but you'll need an open mind and some time to fully appreciate it. I am currently reading this title, so I'll let you know if my recommendation or feedback changes.
Go ahead and make note of these titles and their authors in your journal.
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