Monday, 27 October 2014

Favourite Writing Craft Books - Paula Vince

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Julia Cameron's most celebrated book is 'The Artist's Way' but I find 'The Sound of Paper' even more appealing. It's set up as a book of essays designed to stimulate anybody's creativity. At the end of each, she adds fun and practical 'Try This' exercises, sometimes as simple as writing lists but still effective. I love it that the book focuses a lot of attention on the attitudes writers and other artists should try to embrace. Our mindsets are the foundation of our craft, and so many other books delve straight into more technical aspects such as plot or characterisation. This is a great book for anybody who battles with lack of confidence or writer's block.

Cameron uses everyday examples from the world around her as analogies to make her points about creativity. As she lives in New York City for half the year, and remote Taos, New Mexico for the other half, this covers a lot of ground. It's very entertaining to read the vivid, beautiful descriptions, and being inspired to get writing makes them really special.

I appreciate the many anecdotes about experiences of her writer or artist friends and clients. As well as encouraging me that I'm not the only person who needs the lessons, it gives a sense of solidarity. It's very easy, after reading this, to feel that our 'tribe' is far larger than we ever imagined. This alone is such an encouragement to keep going.



Paula Vince is a South Australian author of contemporary, inspirational fiction. She lives in the beautiful Adelaide Hills, with its four distinct seasons, and loves to use her environment as settings for her stories. Her novel, 'Picking up the Pieces' won the religious fiction section of the International Book Awards in 2011, and 'Best Forgotten' was winner of the CALEB prize the same year. She is also one of the four authors of 'The Greenfield Legacy', Australia's first and only collaborated Christian novel. Her most recent novel, 'Imogen's Chance' was published April 2014. For more of Paula's reflections, please visit her blog, It Just Occurred to Me. You may also like to visit her book review blog, The Vince Review where she also interviews other authors.



9 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing this one with us, Paula. I've heard of The Artist's Way but not this one. Great that it has been such an encouragement to you.

    I love how different craft books connect with different writers. This series is a good one opening our eyes to books we may not necessarily have come across. Perhaps we should keep it an ongoing series as there are so many out there.

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    1. Hi Ian,
      I agree with you. There are several books mentioned by others which I've placed on my TBR list, and also more I could recommend myself. I've been enjoying the series.

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  2. Sounds like my sort of book, Paula. I've been right through 'The Artist's Way' twice and think it's great preparation for memoir writing. So I'd love to delve into this one too. I plan to add it to my Christmas wish list!

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    1. Hi Jo-Anne,
      Yes, I can highly recommend this one. I'm sure you'd enjoy it.

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  3. Hi Paula, It sounds like a fascinating book. I read The Artist's Way years ago and found it helpful. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us :)

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  4. Hi Paula, Thanks for the review. I love the title and cover of this book - I can almost hear the pages crinkling as they turn. Another one to add to my To-Read list.

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  5. Hi Paula, The Artist's Way is one of my favourites, but I haven't read The Sound Of Paper.
    Will have to hunt this down. :)

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  6. I hadn't heard of this one Paula, though have read one or two others of Julia Cameron. Thanks for letting us know about it.

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  7. Hi Narelle, Jenny, Dotti and Dale,
    Yes, 'The Artist's Way' is a good springboard, but Julia Cameron has been prolific. I'm aiming to read a few more of her books myself.

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