Stephen King’s On Writing

This is always the first book I recommend to fellow writers.  As the back of the book puts it, “Part memoir, part master class by one of the bestselling authors of all time, this superb volume is a revealing and practical view of the writer’s…

Cultural Nourishment

Such stories are not just entertainment. In order to live, we need air, water, food, clothes, shelter, friends – and we need stories, because they teach us what is important in life. They give us models of how to live in a complicated, confusing world.…

Divining Your Next Tale

Feeling uninspired, or unable to find a form for your inspiration? Try divining your next story. Whether or not you believe in the supernatural, divining methods like tarot cards and runes are a powerful tool for figuring out – and bringing depth to – your…

The Gift, by Lewis Hyde

The Gift starts with an anthropological overview of giftgiving, and proceeds to argue that works of art – which are treated as commodities in modern western culture – ought to be seen, first and foremost, as gifts. This book is a call to suspend concern…