Tuesday, July 23, 2013

#Writer's Beware: These Books Will Change Your Life #inspiration #creativity #IAmWriting

 I wanna write right. 
What should I read?

I love inspiring others to explore their creative side in a whatever art form speaks to them the most. I am a very creative person who has been obsessed with the arts since I was a little girl. My mom, a former art major in college, use to take me to the Columbus Museum of Art and we had season passes to the BalletMet in Columbus. My Grandma Carr was a major influence in the development of my literary talents. I could spend all day writing about how much the arts have made me into the thriving literary artists I am today. I still love to participate in a wide variety of art forms but have made my living as a master of the written word.

Today is the fourth day of the 10 day writing blogger challenge and the following is my prompt.

It is so hard to chose just 3 - 5 writing books. As you learned from my author's bio I have just graduated with MFA in Creative Writing from Full Sail University. I had to read many wonderful writing books. Throughout  my life I have been exposed to other writing books as well. Some weren't that great and others stuck with me as I navigated through my writing career. So here is my list of the best writing books to read. 

1) This first book is for any creative artists. I had first come across this book in my studies at Full Sail. 

The Artist’s Way is the seminal book on the subject of creativity. An international bestseller, millions of readers have found it to be an invaluable guide to living the artist’s life. Still as vital today—or perhaps even more so—than it was when it was first published one decade ago, it is a powerfully provocative and inspiring work. In a new introduction to the book, Julia Cameron reflects upon the impact of The Artist’s Way and describes the work she has done during the last decade and the new insights into the creative process that she has gained. Updated and expanded, this anniversary edition reframes The Artist’s Way for a new century. 

I was asked to read the introduction for this book and go on an artist date for my class. I fell in love with this book as soon as I read the introduction. You see, I know God has called me to a life as a writer. I believe he not only gave me this calling but has given me the skills to do so. So being a creative artists, to me, is really connected to my spiritual self. This book supports that viewpoint and encourages creative artists to explore their creative selves through a spiritual viewpoint and not through a physical one where we often come up short as artists. You can find this book on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/The-Artists-Way-Julia-Cameron/dp/1585421464/

2) This next book is on this list not only because it is the most amazing book for screenwriters but because it has a nostalgic trait for me. You see when I was in Mount Vernon Middle School in Mount Vernon, Ohio this was one of the writing books that my mom had bought for me. I was a Trekkie. Ok, so I was obsessed with Star Trek. I could tell you the entire Star Trek history, all about the worlds, the working of the ship and all the character bios. It became so real to me that I began to dream up stories that eventually worked their way into some pretty awesome fan fiction. In fact, one of the web series I am creating right now is based on one of my Start Trek Fan Fiction pieces I wrote in middle school.

I read this book from front to cover, took notes and made it the holy bible for the Star Trek: TNG TV episodes that I wrote. I had it in my head that the studio would fall in love withe my show and want to use it. Years past, and imagine my surprise when we are given this book to read at Full Sail University. You know what? Once again, this book has become my holy grail for screenwriter. Live Long and Prosper, Syd Field. You are my hero.

At last! The classic screenwriting workbook—now completely revised and updated—from the celebrated lecturer, teacher, and bestselling author, Syd Field: “the most sought-after screenwriting teacher in the world”* 

No one knows more about screenwriting than Syd Field—and now the ultimate Hollywood insider shares his secrets and expertise, completely updating his bestselling workbook for a new generation of screenwriters. Filled with new material—including fresh insights and anecdotes from the author and analyses of films from Pulp Fiction to Brokeback Mountain—The Screenwriter’s Workbook is your very own hands-on workshop, the book that allows you to participate in the processes that have made Syd Field’s workshops invaluable to beginners and working professionals alike. Follow this workbook through 
to the finish, and you’ll end up with a complete and salable script! 

Learn how to:
• Define the idea on which your script will be built
• Create the model—the paradigm—that professionals use
• Bring your characters to life
• Write dialogue like a pro
• Structure your screenplay for success from the crucial first pages to the final act

Here are systematic instructions, easy-to-follow exercises, a clear explanation of screenwriting basics, and expert advice at every turn—all the moment-to-moment, line-by-line help you need to transform your initial idea into a professional screenplay that’s earmarked for success.

The Perfect Companion Volume to Syd Field’s Revised and Updated Edition of Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting

*Hollywood Reporter

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Available on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Screenwriters-Workbook-Revised-ebook/dp/B001O1O73K/

3) My third book is also a screenwriter's best friend. I was introduced to this book at Full Sail and love it. It picks up where Syd Field left off. AS IF SYD FIELD COULD LEAVE ANYTHING OUT! Ok, can you say "Allison is a huge Syd Field fan?" LOL.

This ultimate insider's guide reveals the secrets that none dare admit, told by a show biz veteran who's proven that you can sell your script if you can save the cat!


  1. I agree. These books are must haves!!! I have them as well. I'm going to re-read them just to get a better handle on my writing. Nice post, my friend!

  2. Your top one is new to me, and I'll give it a whirl. I've never got along with The Artist's Way,but appreciate how helpful it is for many others. And Save the Cat? Yes on that one!

  3. My writing bibles are On Writing by Stephen King and Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting by Syd Field. Before I ever took creative writing classes at the University of Alabama, I was using Screenplay. I use his 15-points-per-act outlines and always think of Plot Point 1 and 2. Awesome book. And my first ever screenplay was a Star Trek fan fiction!

    1. I use Syd's paradigm to plot out my novels too, Cody.