Podcast: Ways To Improve Your Writing
In this episode, Sonya & Abbie are sharing books, classes, lessons, and prompts that helps us be better at the craft of writing, not just sitting down to do it.
Here’s what we talked about:
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
On Writing by Stephen King
Rumors of Water by L.L. Barkat
Tell It Slant by Brenda Miller & Suzanne Paola
Writing True: The Art & Craft of Creative Nonfiction by Sondra Perl and Mimi Schwartz
MAKE A LIST: How A Simple Practice Can Change Our Lives and Open Our Hearts by Marilyn McEntyre
The Artist’s Way - by Julia Cameron
The Situation and the Story by Vivian Gornick
Abbie highly recommends the Madison Writers Institute if you’re in Madison, WI.
Want to find a class near you? Google “writing center” and your city!
Exhale workshops! You can see what’s available here in the Creative Marketplace.
A Year of Writing Dangerously by Barbara Abercrombie
Pep Talks for Writers by Grant Faulkner, the ex director for NaNoWriMo
Printables from Christie Zimmer
Ashley Abramson’s Instagram
Our interview with L.L. Barkat has lots of thoughts on creativity and writing.
Writing Class Radio (not for little ears)
People to Follow for Inspiration
Erin Loechner’s Instagram
The Refined Woman run by Kat Harris, a NYC photographer
Jo Saxton’s Instagram
If you haven’t read it, go read Callie’s essay “Why I Forgot the Ground Beef”. It’s so good!
Our prompt for you:
Pick one thing in this episode that sparked your interest. One thing that you said: “That’s for me”. And read it. Right now. Do the activities. Make space to make it happen.
Coffee + Crumbs opens for submissions next month! Mark your calendars for September 17-28. We’d love to see your essay. And remember in Podcast No. 5 called “Submission Dos and Donts”: even if your essay doesn’t make it on our blog, we like to share some of them on Instagram as freewrites on Instagram.
The quote we shared with you:
“The most important thing about art is to work.” – Steven Pressfield, The War of Art