encouragement, writing, writing books

I Am At War & Loving Bell!

I’ve been thumbing through one of my favorite books on writing, The Art Of War For Writers by James Scott Bell. In a previous post, I mentioned the first of his three sections in the book. If you don’t remember…and it’s okay if you don’t…the first section is about Reconnaissance. The mental game of writing. Writing smart, and writing with discipline.

The second section is all about Tactics. It is all about craft. Bell has so many succinct and jam-packed chapters that cover all kinds of issues on the writing journey. He focuses on getting your work to rise to the next level and out of the slush pile.

One of the quotes Bell uses is by Katherine Neville. It spoke to my heart and really sends home the message that we must WRITE! There is no substitute for it.

Write. Remember, people may keep you (or me) from being a published author but no one can stop you from being a writer. All you have to do is write.And keep writing. While you’re working at a career, while you’re raising children, while you’re trout fishing–keep writing! No one can stop you but you.

Isn’t that awesome? Isn’t that motivating? Isn’t that inspiring? I don’t know about you, but I need to be encouraged during every stage of this writing journey. Sure, it is fulfilling, but there is also a lot of doubt and discouragement. We all face it. (If you don’t, then don’t tell me.)

Definitely go purchase Bell’s book. The Art of War. It is a keeper!

Oh yes! I just got a package from Amazon today. (You aren’t jealous, are you?) In it was A Novel Idea: Best Advice On Writing Inspirational Fiction. It has chapters written by various authors, such as: Francine Rivers, Karen Kingsbury, Randy Alcorn, Terri Blackstock, Jerry B. Jenkins, Robin Jones Gunn, Angela Hunt, and more! I’m looking forward to this one and I’m sure I’ll share some of the juicy tidbits I find.

What writing books have you read lately that inspire and encourage you as a writer?

21 thoughts on “I Am At War & Loving Bell!”

  1. I find something new every time I read Stephen King's “On Writing” : )

    I tell my students all the time, “Just WRITE!” because you can improve bad writing or cut out the extraneous parts if you go way off topic, but there's nothing you can do about NO writing … They're starting to understand, I think : )


  2. One Continuous Mistake by Gail Sher is hands down my favorite book on writing– it's lessons from Zen Buddhism for writers and it is FABULOUS.

    she says something similar: If Writing is your practice, the only way to fail is not to write.


  3. I'm so glad you got your new book! Isn't it fun to see that box by the front door? 🙂

    I'm currently reading Writing for Emotional Impact by Karl Iglesias, per Camy Tang's suggestion after freelance editing some of my work. It's written for screenplay writers, but almost all of it applies to novelists, and it is full of excellent stuff!


  4. I'm going to have to get this book eventually…people are talking about it all over, and it just sounds wonderful. 🙂

    I haven't read too many books *about* writing (Love S. King's On Writing though), because I'm usually too busy actually writing to read them. LOL I should probably find some time though…some great craft books out there.


  5. I have learned a great deal from “Writing Down the Bones” by Natalie Goldberg and “Bird by Bird” by Anne Lamont. I have not picked up either in a while and your post provided just the motivation I needed. Thank you!


  6. Blogging has been my biggest motivator for writing. When you don't think anyone will ever read your 'stuff' it's easy to let it stay in your head. Just having whay you've written out there for someone to stumble across keeps my fingers on the keys.

    I'm currently reading more about successful blogging than writing. Electronic media has it's own learning curve.


  7. Jessica, I know what you mean…I love it when bloggers share about what they are learning from writing books ( or just from their actual writing journey!)

    Christine, you'd love the book! It is sooo good!

    KLo, I have that book by Steven King and thought it was great, though not as easy to read at this one! lol What do you teach?

    Heather, it looks like you are have a fun giveaway on your blog!!! I love it!

    Linda, I'm always happy to share what I'm learning (and reading!)

    Patti!! 10 referrals, huh? Well, I'm been seeing great things about the book scattered around the blogosphere, so you should rest assured that this one is definitely a keeper!

    Tamika, you are doing it right! Taking that break from blogging to write is just the right prescription!

    Amalia, I love that quote! Thanks for sharing it!

    T. Anne, you will love the book! LOVE it!

    Sarah, thanks for sharing what Camy suggested to you! I will definitely put it on my TBR list!

    Jeannette, oh yes, it is definitely good for NF writers too. The beginning talks about the mental game of writing and the end is all about the profession of writing…getting editors/agents, etc. 🙂

    Jaimie, you are doing the right thing by just writing! It is probably alot better than just actually READING about writing! lol

    JenE, I love Bell and his “to-the-point” writing!

    Erica, I love it too! Obviously!!!

    Susan, I have Plot& Structure and love it! So hands on!

    Katie, Bird by Bird is one I really want to read!!! And I've never heard of the other you mentioned, but I am going to check it out for sure!

    Sally, thanks for stopping by! You are right in that blogging is it's on little world! There is alot to blogging that most people don't realize. 🙂


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