In between all and sundry, I've been slowly working my way through Ralph L. Wahlstrom's The Tao of Writing. Lovely book, beautiful theories, great points, no way in hell could I ever write like this. But I'm enjoying it all the same. As Mr. Wahlstrom points out:
"The problem is not that we don't get the right tips on how to write, we're buried in them. It's more than we have not learned to see the connections between the written word and the world in and around us."
I agree. I also think everyone connects differently. If we all made our writing-to-world connections in the exact same way, we'd only need one how-to writing book. We'd all write the same way, and produce identical stories, and I'm already imagining being trapped on that all-the-same world in A Wrinkle in Time, aren't you?
The Tao of Writing is one approach, and one way of making connections. I haven't finished it yet but I think it's a solid read for any writer who struggles with blocks and structure and accessing the muse or the inner well or whatever labels your imagination.
For those who are more interested in boosting their productivity but have problems reading e-books, I've put together three hard copies* of my own e-book on writing, Way of the Cheetah for a giveaway.
In comments to this post, list a writing tip that has helped you with your work (and, if you remember, from whom or where you got it) by midnight EST on Tuesday, July 4, 2006. I'll pick three names at random from everyone who participates and send the winners a hard copy of Way of the Cheetah along with a surprise. Giveaway open to everyone on the planet, even if you've won something at PBW in the past.
*Hard copy in this case means printed on 8-1/2" X 11" bond paper and bound in a slim, three-ring binder.