What research/non-fiction book or magazine has helped you the most as a writer and/or a person? That's our topic for March.
I can't imagine a world without books. Just being in the same space as them brings me peace and joy, comfort and strength.
Research book of all kinds thrill me with the possibilities of what I might learn. Books sharing knowledge about the craft of writing. Self-help books. How-to books. So many books, so hard to narrow down which one non-fiction book has had the greatest impact on me. Really? Just one? Can't do it, so I hope you don't mind if I go with three instead of just one.
by Helene Schellenberg Barnhart. Sadly, it's long out of print now, but it really opened my eyes to what's involved in writing a book. Ms. Barnhart's many examples made me giddy with the knowledge that maybe, just maybe I could write the type of book I so loved to read. Actually, I read and re-read this book so many times and took so many notes (copious notes in a stack of 70 page spiral notebooks!) that no one else in town was able to borrow this book from the library for months. My baby sis and I took turns checking it out, one after another. A few years later I was able to buy my own copy and highlighted it to my heart's content.
Two of my favorite entries:
"Just for Today" prayer (February 29)
The Poetry Prescription (August 22)
Oh, and speaking of books I give to women and teens, I think every woman and teen (and guys, too!) should read The Gift of Fear by Gavin deBecker. The subtitle is And Other Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence. I dare you to read it. You won't be able to stop after the first chapter. I wish I'd read this book when I was 18. I might've had the smarts to escape a scary situation unscathed. Write suspense? This will be a wonderful resource for you.
I could talk about books all day, but I'll stop now. What research/non-fiction book has helped you most as a writer and/or a person?