Recommended Reading

Reading the book 3d puppet, sitting on a pile of booksBlogs are great, but I still think books are better!

Around the Writer’s Block: Using Brain Science to Solve Writer’s Resistance. Obviously I think this is the book you’ll want to read first — I put all the best stuff in there just for you. You might also enjoy:

Recent Reads I Recommend

Views from the Loft: A Portable Writer’s Workshop edited by Daniel Slager

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink

How We Decide by Jonah Lehrer

Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home and School by John Medina

The Mind & The Brain by Jeffrey M. Schwartz and Sharon Begley

The Scientific American Brave New Brain by Judith Horstman

Brain & Neuroplasticity

My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey by Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D.
The Brain that Changes Itself: Personal Stories of Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science by Norman Doidge
The Owner’s Manual for the Brain: Everyday Applications from Mind-Brain Research by Pierce J. Howard, Ph.D.
Mapping the Mind by Rita Carter
The Emotional Brain: The Mysterious Underpinnings of Emotional Life by Joseph LeDoux
Synaptic Self: How Our Brains Become Who We Are by Joseph LeDoux
The Executive Brain: Frontal Lobes and the Civilized Mind by Elkhonon Goldberg
Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain: How a New Science Reveals Our Extraordinary Potential to Transform Ourselves by Sharon Begley
The Brain Has a Mind of Its Own: Insights from a Practicing Neurologist by Richard Restak, M.D.
Brain Work and Brain in the News FREE subscriptions from the Dana Foundation; visit www.dana.orgfor a variety of great information


The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron
The Creativity Habit by Twyla Tharp
Dancing in the Dragon’s Den: Rekindling the Creative Fire in Your Shadow by Rosanne Bane
Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Life, Paint and Passion: Reclaiming the Magic of Spontaneous Expression by Michell Cubley and Stewart Cassou
Drawing on the Artist Within by Betty Edwards
The Creative Fire (CD) by Clarissa Pinkola Estes

Writing – Inspiration

The Courage to Write: How Writers Transcend Fear by Ralph Keyes
The Writer’s Book of Hope: Getting from Frustration to Publication by Ralph Keyes
The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield
Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking by David Bayles & Ted Orland
Dancing in the Dragon’s Den: Rekindling the Creative Fire in Your Shadow by Rosanne Bane
If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit by Brenda UelandBecoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande
Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg
Wild Mind: Living the Writer’s Life by Natalie Goldberg
Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott

Writing – Craft

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
From Where You Dream: The Process of Writing Fiction by Robert Olen Butler
Writing the Wave: Inspired Rides for Aspiring Writers by Elizabeth Ayres
Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Story Writing for the Navigator or the Mutinous Crew by Ursula K. LeGuin
The Wave in the Mind: Talks and Essays on the Writer, the Reader and the Imagination by Ursula K. LeGuin
The Passionate, Accurate Story: Making Your Heart’s Truth into Literature by Carol Bly
How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy by Orson Scott Card
The Art of Fiction: Notes on Craft for Young Writers by John Gardner

Writing – Getting Published

The Shortest Distance Between You and a Published Book by Susan Page
How to Write a Book Proposal by Michael Larsen
Give ‘Em What They Want: The Right Way to Pitch Your Novel to Editors and Agents by Blythe Camenson and Marshall J. Cook
Writing the Breakout Novel: Insider Advice for Taking Your Fiction to the Next Level by Donald Maass
The Forest for the Trees: An Editor’s Advice to Writers by Betsy Lerner

Seriously, you’re still reading this? Go read a good book!

6 Comments on “Recommended Reading”

  1. Dave November 28, 2016 at 2:50 am #

    What about Steven Pinker’s The Sense Of Style?


    • rosannebane November 30, 2016 at 12:59 pm #

      Hi Dave,
      I probably read The Sense of Style at some time, but I don’t recall it well enough to recommend it. But let’s consider your comment your recommendation. Thanks!


  2. Spike November 18, 2012 at 10:47 pm #

    You’ve really imeprssed me with that answer!


  3. rosannebane September 17, 2010 at 9:44 am #

    I have the book and started it, but had a hard time getting into it. Glad to hear it was useful to you.


  4. Noya September 16, 2010 at 9:06 am #

    See also:

    The Midnight Disease: The Drive to Write, Writer’s Block, and the Creative Brain
    by Alice Weaver Flaherty


  5. Karrie April 25, 2009 at 11:54 am #

    On Writing by Stephen King is a good one, too.


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