Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Books and Inspiration

Truth for anyone is a very complex thing.  For a writer, what you leave out says as much as those things you include.  What lies beyond the margin of the text?  The photographer frames the shot; writers frame their world.
Jeanette Winterson, Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

I'm currently reading Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?  A totally inspiring book and so beautifully written.  It is the memoir of writer Jeanette Winterson.  Absorbing, shocking, funny, spirited, profound and I love how she has infused it with thoughts on life and the power of the written word.

The copy I am reading belongs to the library but there are parts of it that I want to underline and make notes in the margin. (As I write that I can hear my mother's voice telling me you should NEVER write in books!).  It's one of those books that will stay with me for a long time, requires a place on my bookshelf and which I'm sure will be further quoted here.

Which books inspire that for you? I'd love to know..... :)

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  1. I really like the capture and how the sun is playing on the trees for shadows. Very nice. I may have to look into that book. Great quote. :)

  2. Sounds like an awesome book. Our writing group is reading through Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg right now, there is so much yellow highlight in it I am surprised there is any white space.

  3. This sounds like a book I should read! For inspiration, at the top of my book list is the biography of Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas. It gives insight into how not to waste your life -- how to make it count no matter what is falling apart around you.

  4. I love that title - a very good question to think about. Love the silvery reflection on the stream as it winds its way through the woods.

  5. That is a great quote I must check out the library, Writing down the Bones for me as well it is so easy to read, full of humour and great tips...

  6. Thanks so much for the recommendation, Becs - I'll have to look into that book, too. At the moment I'm reading "The Rosie-Project" - nothing deep really, but so hilarious. You can see me smile now while going to work :-)

  7. It shows us that we are all connected some way or another because someone elses story can inspire us to do great things. There are also a number of motivational books out there that teach you how to really get the best out of your creativity.

    Ilchi Lee


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