Writer's Block Series: 5 Resources For The Aspiring Writer

Still need some help writing that thing? Check out 5 of the most valuable resources I’ve found along the way.

Yesterday we spoke about the 7 Writing Practices outlines in Steven Pressfield’s Do The Work book. In his book, Pressfield says that the opposite of Resistance (writer’s block) is Assistance.

Monday, I outlined five pieces of “equipment” that can assist you on your path. But because I’m a giver, I got five more for you!

Sometimes writers need to get out of our own heads and into someone else’s - just for a moment. So below there’s three books you might want to consider. (I like to purchase from AbeBooks, much cheaper than Amazon and a great option if you’re not in a rush)

The other two resources are software.

Visit my IGTV to see all 4 Parts of the Writer’s Block Series.

3 Book Recommendations For Aspiring Writers

  1. Do The Work! by Steven Pressfield

    Have I Read It?: Yes

    Amazon Rating: 4.4/5

    Excerpt: “No matter how great a writer, artist, or entrepreneur, he is a mortal, he is fallible. He is not proof against Resistance. He will drop the ball; he will crash. That’s why they call it rewriting.” 

    Why You Might Love It: One, It requires very little time commitment at just 98 pages. Two, this books will help you even if you’re not a writer. (Its purpose is to tell you how to overcome resistance to get to your thing). Number three, the way Pressfield writes the book, it reads like a conversation with your no-nonsense creative writing professor. Lastly, it’s practical advice on how to finish what you’ve started.

  2. War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield

    Have I Read It?: Yes

    Amazon Rating: 4.5/5

    Excerpt: “The most important thing about art is to work. Nothing else matters except sitting down every day and trying.” 

    Why You Might Love It: At 168 pages - it’s basically broken down into three parts: Resistance, Combating Resistance, and Beyond Resistance. You may want to check this out if you have a goal/idea but don’t seem to be getting anywhere. It’s very similar to Do The Work

  3. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

    Have I Read It?: Currently reading

    Amazon Rating: 4.8/5

    Excerpt: “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There's no way around these two things that I'm aware of, no shortcut.” 

    Why You Might Love It: King weaves his teachings into the story of his life, and so this is not just any ‘ol writing manual. It gets personal and then the teachings begin. This book is full of lots of gems and clearly a fan favorite.

2 Apps For Aspiring Writers

  1. Scrivener. Luvvie recommended this app during one of her IG Q+A sessions and I cannot be more happy with it. This isn’t just for authors but also journalists, poets, screenplay writers, essayist and beyond. If you need help organizing your copy, you should give Scrivener a try. I recommend downloading the version for your desktop vs. on iPad/iPhone.

  2. *Spark Adobe. No graphic designer? No problem. Make your copy pretty for each of your digital platforms.

  3. *BONUS: Grammerly. Cause even best-selling authors forget Oxford commas and use the wrong “where.”

Hope you find some jewels in the above content. If you have any valuable resources please share them here below or on the Instagram comments!