Resources

BOOKS FOR CREATIVES

 


educationofmillionaires

The Education of Millionaires by Michael Ellsberg

 


100startup

The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau

 


ericmaisel

Become a Creativity Coach Now! by Eric Maisel

 

The Romantic Manifesto

The Romantic Manifesto by Ayn Rand

TOOLS FOR WRITING

 

Ecojot Journal Sinatra

Ecojot Journals

These are 6” x 9” with 100 to 150 lined sheets — the perfect size for hauling around.

Most importantly, they have a good quality spiral binding that allows them to lay completely flat and stiff covers that give you a hard writing surface — meaning you can write no matter where you are.

Get them here: Ecojot.com

Freedom

Freedom

This program turns off the Internet on both PCs and Macs. I love it. You will need it.

Go get it; it’s only $10, AND there is a 60-day money back guarantee.

I don’t think you will need that.

Get it here: Macfreedom.com

Buy Scrivener 2 for Mac OS X (Regular Licence)

Read my full blog post review of Scrivener here.

Scrivener is a tiny god.

You will want it.

Go now.

Buy Scrivener 2 for Mac OS X (Regular Licence)

Or just get it, without reading, because you trust me so much you dear thing, by clicking here for Mac or here for PC.

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Learn Scrivener Fast

The name says it all. If you’re looking for a no-nonsense course to teach you the ins and outs of Scrivener, this one does the trick. Lifetime access means you can learn at your own pace. Get it here.

TOOLS FOR BLOGGING AND WEBSITE BUILDING

Bluehost

This is the company I use for web hosting. They’re great. Easy to use and not too expensive. Looking to create your own artist website or blog? Get started with them here.

Blog Tyrant

A fantastic blog about starting your own blog. Ramsay’s posts are straightforward and taught me tons of tips and tricks before I launched.

Boost Blog Traffic

Also a great blog about blogging. Download Jon Morrow’s Headline Hacks PDF.

BOOKS FOR WRITERS


the art of fiction, ayn rand

The Art of Fiction by Ayn Rand

Transcribed from a salon-style course Ayn Rand gave in her living room in 1958, this book offers detailed discussions of theme, plot, characterization, and style.

She analyzes her own work as well as that of other writers and discusses the philosophical underpinnings of how writing works.

zen in the art of writing, ray bradbury

Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury’s method is the opposite of Ayn Rand’s. He’s what’s known as a “pantser” — someone who writes by the seat of his pants.

Outlining is far more efficient for creating complex, integrated plots.

But as a beginning writer, I would often get stuck and not know how to get unstuck.

If that’s you, this book is the cure. The sheer joy and unbridled enthusiasm Bradbury feels for writing shows in every sentence.


The Art of Asking, Amanda Palmer

The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help by Amanda Palmer

This book is not about writing.

It’s about being a creator and asking for help.

It’s about connecting with people and how important that is for your ability to make art.

If you’re an artist of any stripe and have ever had trouble asking or allowing other people to help you, you need this book.



write publish repeat sean platt johnny b. truant

Write. Publish. Repeat. The No-Luck-Required Guide to Self-Publishing Success by Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant, and David Wright

Read this even if you don’t plan to self-publish.

It’s a clear, no-nonsense guide full of useful ideas and tips that will help you think of your writing as a business.

2kto10k


2,000 to 10,000: How to Write Faster, Write Better, and Write More of What You Love
by Rachel Aaron

A Kindle e-book that helped me increase my productivity by unbelievable amounts.

 

GRAMMAR AND EDITING

 

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself Into Print by Renni Browne & Dave King

Most useful book on editing I’ve read.

 

Grammar Girl

Quick answers to common grammar quandaries in a friendly, informal tone.