I’ll be posting a more comprehensive list of books and resources here, but here’s a starting list of my favorite books on writing, storytelling, and other topics.


Writing, Story, and the Writing Life

On Writing, Stephen King

Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott

Making a Literary Life, Carolyn See

Word Work, Bruce Holland Rogers

Story, Robert McKee

The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Joseph Campbell


Business, Life, and Work

Career Renegade, Jonathan Fields

The Art of Non-Conformity, Chris Guillebeau

Uncertainty, Jonathan Fields

The $100 Startup, Chris Guillebeau

The War of Art, Steven Pressfield (and follow-up, Do the Work)

Linchpin, Seth Godin



(Many, many favorites here, but here’s a smattering of authors I recommend. Mostly in the fantasy realm… not that I don’t read other fiction, but these are the authors and titles I go back to again and again.)

J.R.R. Tolkien (The Lord of the Rings)

Neil Gaiman (his Sandman comic book series and Stardust are particular favorites)

Ken Scholes (Ken has written lots of excellent short fiction; his Psalms of Isaak novel series is really good)

Martha Wells (Death of the Necromancer)

Ellen Datlow (Ellen is one of the top editors working in the SciFi/Fantasy/Horror genres)