Back in the day, I compulsively read books on writing.
“How to write” books had their own section in every book store. Browsing wasn’t an option. I always left with one or two treasures.
Last weekend I decided to pick one up. I want to get back into writing fiction and a little inspiration is in order.
I was shocked to note the Writing section has disappeared. (Most likely pushed out by the ever-growing area on Minimalism.) The few remaining writing books are crammed into a generic Reference section (three narrow shelves!) with an odd assortment of How-to books that don’t fit into Self Help or Cooking.
I rifled through tomes explaining how to land a plane and how to write your own will (which I’d need if I ever attempted to land a plane on my own!) If I ever need to fix a truck get divorced again, I know where to find the book for that.
Although those other books were tempting, I managed to limit myself to just one: The True Secret of Writing by Natalie Goldberg. I may have read it before, but who can resist a juicy secret?