Now that Artists are Weird but Writers are Crazy is officially available to buy, I wanted to share some books that have helped to inform my thinking.
While you may not agree with everything these authors have to say, these books may be an informative jumping off point to get you questioning assumptions and have your perceptions challenged or expanded to keep you sane in the crazy world of publishing.
Vaporized: Solid Strategies for Success in a Dematerialized World by Robert Tercek
Basically a book about change and ways to adapt (or the consequences of not doing so).
To get a taste of this title, you can read a sample from Chapter One What Happened to Tower Records?
Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts by Annie Duke
Learn from a poker player how to get comfortable with uncertainty.
See this video (about 6:30 minutes long) “Why saying ‘I don’t know’ is a key to success” to get a taste of some of her ideas.
Think Like a Rocket Scientist: Simple Strategies You Can Use to Make Giant Leaps in Work and Life by Ozan Varol
An introduction to basic logic skills and mental models in an engaging way.
To get a sample of his writing style you can read this blog post: Your mind is getting in the way
I hope one of these three books will prove of interest and help you on your journey to remain a sane, happy writer.
And don’t forget, if your budget is tight (or you don’t want to make a financial commitment), your library may have a print and/or digital edition.