From What It Is by Lynda Barry.
I just finished Lynda’s Barry’s What It Is and was very moved. The book, which explores the creative process, is entirely hand-written and illustrated/collaged. It is a highly autobiographical work; many scenes from Barry’s childhood resonated with me, and I cried more than once. (My tears are a recommendation, in case that’s not clear. 🙂 ) This is now one of my all-time favorites about creativity, inspiration, writer’s block and the ways in which we become artists — and why some of us don’t. Barry also includes valuable writing exercises.
There’s a lot of poignancy in these pages — many are lighthearted and charming. Barry asks many big and small questions about images, memories, and imagination. She provides some answers, but mostly encourages the reader to explore and take a fresh what he or she already knows. She reminds us that we each are our own sources of inspiration.