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Jen Louden’s Five Essential Books for Writing

Considering writing a book? It can be a long and difficult path. (I know. See why I almost gave up on writing The Coaching Habit.) However, my friend, Jen Louden, knows a thing or two about writing. Jen is the author of numerous books on well-being and whole living, including her most recent The Life Organizer. Jen has spoken around the world on self-care, written a national magazine column and even sat on Oprah’s couch, talking about the power of retreats. I’m thrilled that she is sharing her essential books for writing. Take it away, Jen.

Book 1: The Writer’s Portable Mentor

By Priscilla Long

Priscilla illuminates the craft of writing — short nonfiction in particular — with a specificity and impact that will supercharge your writing.

Book 2: Story Craft: The Complete Guide to Writing Narrative Nonfiction

By Jack Hart

Great for beginners and pros alike who want to write narrative nonfiction. Especially value the chapter on structure.

Book 3: Narrative Design: Working with Imagination, Craft, and Form

By Madison Smartt Bell

No other book analyzes fiction like this one. Absolutely brilliant.

Book 4: On Being Stuck: Tapping into the Creative Power of Writer’s Block

By Laraine Herring

If you want to write with more ease and joy, please read this. Genius.

Book 5: Out on the Wire: The Storytelling Secrets of the New Masters of Radio

By Jessica Abel

If podcasting appeals or you have a hard time discovering what your stories are about, you need this graphic how-to. And Jessica’s podcast is great too.

Meet Jen Louden

Jennifer Louden is a personal-growth pioneer who helped launch the self-care movement with her first book, The Woman’s Comfort Book. She’s also the author of six more books on well-being and whole living, including The Life Organizer, that have inspired more than a million women in nine languages. Jen Louden has created thriving online communities, led hundreds of retreats and online courses, and spoken around the globe, all in service of helping creative women thrive and get their work out into the world. She believes self-love + world-love = wholeness for all.




Twitter: @jenlouden

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