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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7 comments:

  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. :)

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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...

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  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 :-)

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  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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