Books I Can’t Live Without

Encouragement, Motivation, and Inspiration

The Writer’s Book of Hope: Getting from Frustration to Publication by Ralph Keyes

The Courage to Write: How Writers Transcend Fear by Ralph Keyes

The Right to Write: An Invitation and Initiation into the Writing Life by Julia Cameron

Callings: Finding and Following an Authentic Life by Gregg Levoy

Creativity: Where the Divine and the Human Meet by Matthew Fox

Women Who Run with the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés, PhD


The First Five Pages by Noah Lukeman

Your Life as Story by Tristine Rainer

Writing the Memoir by Judith Barrington

Naked, Drunk, and Writing by Adair Lara


Writer’s Digest Grammar Desk Reference by Gary Lutz & Diana Stevenson

The Glamour of Grammar by Roy Peter Clark

Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing by Mignon Fogarty

The Grammar Devotional by Mignon Fogarty

The Grammar Bible by Michael Strumpf and Auriel Douglas

Garner’s Modern American Usage, 3rd Edition by Bryan A. Garner 

The Copyeditor’s Handbook by Amy Einsohn

The Subversive Copy Editor by Carol Fisher Saller

The Elements of Style by Wm. Strunk Jr. and E. B. White

The McGraw-Hill Desk Reference for Editors, Writers, and Proofreaders by K. D. Sullivan and Merilee Eggleston

Chicago Manual of Style, 16th Edition

The Christian Writer’s Manual of Style

The Yahoo! Style Guide

Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, 11th Edition