On Writing
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on being creative.

I’ve always been drawn to books and articles that talk about creativity especially when written to, or from, writers. After I discovered this book a while back, it’s given me a boost anytime I’ve needed it. And not just in my writing, but everyday. Here’s a quote from the wonderful and witty author, Anne Lamott:

“Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report on birds written that he’d had three months to write. [It] was due the next day…he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books on birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him, put his arm around my brother’s shoulder, and said, ‘Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.'”

Finding patience in any process can be tricky. I know it is for me. I definitely appreciate a reminder to take things in small bites. So, on the topic of being (and staying) creative, here are a few other things you might like:

This book is so clever and straightforward. It’s a little cheering section on your nightstand.

I haven’t read a novel by Emma Straub yet, but reading this makes me want to. It’s her Rookie advice for writing a novel, but really, it feels like a mini-therapy session. Only a good one. And for free.

I also loved this visual about the daily routines of famous creatives. Nice to know Franz Kafka took that afternoon power nap.

I’ll share more as I find them. Happy Friday to you all – hoping your weekend ahead is a good one.

{Photo credit: birds by Alycia Hayes.}


  1. Love this post so much I am sending it to Amelia. She’s so creative and such a good writer that I have to share it with her, thanks!

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