It’s no secret that reading helps you write—especially when you’re trying to write about your work. You might find words and phrases that lead to titles, or inspire you in how you are thinking about your visual work. Reading about other artists, philosophy, or subjects relevant to your subject matter will impact your work by giving it context and relevance While it might still be taking shape.


Here are a few of our favorite books that inspire us to start writing:

Bird by Bird: Some instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott  (here's an article about it in Brain Pickings.)

Speaking of Brain Pickings, there is this phenomenal list of books on writing by famous writers, with advice and insight into process, inspiration, and just sitting down to the task.

Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees by Lawrence Weschler (great book about the artist Robert Irwin, with wonderful descriptions of both the person and his work.)

Wanderlust by Rebecca Solnit (a testimony to process, research, and taking time to observe what's around you.)

Speak, Memory by Vladamir Nabakov (an autobiographical memoir that is stunning for its visual descriptions.)

PLEASE ADD TO THIS LIST IN THE COMMENTS! Share what you're reading and why.