This week I found myself knee deep in Python programming. I’m a word nerd but I’m also a data cruncher (as in math, coding, and analytics). It’s all a bit too nerdy to admit (even though I just did). The consequence of spending more time on programming practice is that I didn’t write any blog posts this week. In fact, I almost got behind on a client deadline. That’s rare, but distraction does get the best of me at times. #guilty.
I keep a tight schedule. Except when I get carried away. And it’s so easy for me to get carried away…with everything. But I didn’t want to miss sharing Friday Favorites with you.
And here we are.
As you may know from my post about Reading Slowly, I read a wide variety and am eclectic with my genre choices. In the last few years, though, outside of sci-fi, I’ve been partial to books on writing and creativity.
Here are just two of my favorite books on writing:
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
Ever questioned why you’re writing? Wondered how you will get over rejection? Contemplating chucking the whole writing thing?
We all have.
In Bird by Bird, Lamott shares everything she’s learned on her writing journey. The book will help you to remember why you write and that it’s all worth it in the end. Always.
It’s practical and inspiring and hilarious. I’ve read this book at least three times, it’s a joy every time.
Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg
Writing is a practice. A rewarding one. But also a lonesome one. I love the way she intertwines Zen concepts with creativity.
Writing practice, as she calls it, is no different from other forms of Zen practice—”it is backed by two thousand years of studying the mind
“What have I learned about writing over these thirty years? I’ve written fourteen books, and it’s the practice here in Bones that is the foundation, sustaining and building my writing voice, that keeps me honest, teaches me how to endure the hard times and how to drop below discursive thinking, to taste the real meat of our minds and the life around us.” – Writing Down the Bones