The Writing Life

…a literary journey

The Vault: Join me for a photo prompt and check out my favorite writing books


Since The Vault is dedicated to resources and interactive activities, tonight’s posting is giving you a double dose. Below is a new photo prompt – I love these, with no words, there’s no preconceived notions of what you should write. *I also get to throw out a photo of my recent trip to NYC to show off! Secondly, I’m giving you my personal list of favorite books about writing…have you read them? Do you have others that you’d like to share? I’d love to hear from you.

These photo prompts are for everyone – writers of course, but if you’re a follower here and don’t write, but are an avid reader – pick up a pen/pencil/open your laptop and try your hand at writing…if you’ve ever thought for a second you may want to try, now’s your chance. You don’t have to show anyone, it’s just for fun. Even if you don’t post it here – although I welcome everyone to do so – you’ll have it for yourself.

So the list first, and then the prompt.

My current favorite writing books:

  1. Naming the World, edited by Bret Anthony Johnston: Chapter by chapter, this book is filled with great advice and creative exercises by gifted authors, teachers and editors.
  2. Description, by Monica Wood: A great little book that talks about detail, plot, style, POV (point of view) and language in general. Includes work samples by well-known authors such as Anne Tyler and more.
  3. Writing Down the Bones, Freeing the Writer Within, by Natalie Goldberg: My favorite Zen writing book! Bottom line? She tells it like it is, and you feel the true importance of being a writer – it’s food for the soul.
  4. A Writer’s Book of Days, by Judy Reeves: Okay, I’ve talked about this book a few times before, but I use it constantly, so it gets a spot here. Daily writing prompts and interesting facts about some of our most beloved authors.

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Okay, here’s the prompt…give yourself 15 minutes to freestyle write a poem or story using this photo for inspiration. POST YOUR RESULT!
I’ll post mine by Saturday evening.

Carriage-Ride

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