Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon is a big book in a little body. Its messages will most likely inspire you as you write your own.
Chapter Two – ‘Don’t Wait Until You Know Who You Are to Get Started’. Many writers procrastinate when it comes to starting their book, and say to themselves, “I have to be an expert before I start.” The truth of the matter, however, is that you don’t. You need to get started and, as you do your work, you will figure yourself out, and become the artist or the expert you need to be.
Chapter Three – ‘Write the Book You Want to Read’. Excellent advice for all sorts of reasons. Fill the gap in the world that only you can fill. Add your art to the pain you have experienced and come through. Guaranteed there will be others seeking a voice like yours.
Chapter Six – ‘The Secret: Do Good Work and Share it With People’. What better way than to do it through a book as your first step. Who knows where that will lead.
Chapter Nine – ‘Be Boring – It’s the Only Way to Get Work Done’. Creative work requires ‘work’. Be boring for a while; get the book written because that is the only way it is going to happen.
Chapter Ten – ‘Creativity is Subtraction.’ Choosing what you leave out is every bit as important in the creative process as choosing what you put in your book. As you write, think seriously about this because chances are you have years of experience in your field and a huge amount of knowledge that you feel it is important to share. Having a clear understanding of what is important to include in your book, and what it might be better to leave out, will help you connect with your readers on a deeper level, and write the book they want to read.
Austin Kleon, Steal Like an Artist