Lily King is a magician. She takes an unassuming title like Writers and Lovers and crafts something beautiful, messy, and utterly captivating. Her last novel, 2014’s Euphoria, was my favorite read of the last decade- I have to admit that I was initially disappointed when Writers and Lovers was announced after the evocative fever of Euphoria. A 30-something woman navigates creative struggle, debt, grief, and relationships? All I have to do is shout out of my front door and a line of people that fit the description […]
For the better part of the last twenty years, Andrew Peterson has been one of my favourite songwriters. Yes, his music is Christian by genre, but not the cheeseball, put on a happy face, not based in reality garbage that you’d hear on Christian radio stations when you’re driving thru the middle of nowhere and that’s the only station that comes in. He’s a brilliant lyricist that isn’t afraid to write songs about real life and all the crap that goes with it. In some […]
Pressfield’s book on pursuing creativity is currently less than $6 in its electronic form, so I used my Christmas money and picked it up on the recommendation of a creative friend. My buddy owns a coffee shop, plays in bands, and generally pursues the finer things in life. A renaissance man! If he said this was worth a read, I figure it was worth a go. I’m glad I did. While there’s probably nothing groundbreaking in this book, the encouragement to create and be yourself […]
Over the last five years, I’ve made a renewed effort at writing, something I loved as a kid but let slip in favor of more practical pursuits. [Translation: I gave up what I really wanted in favor of what others wanted for me.] Having no idea what I’m doing, I’ve read a lot of books on writing and creativity, trying to avoid specifics on writing and storytelling mechanics in favor of tips and tricks on the creative process. This book caught my eye on Amazon, […]
This book is full of tidbits of creative advice, but those tidbits don’t really add up to anything new.