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Summer reading to inspire your work in 2021

By Seamus Byrne in Media News on
Everyone needs a good book idea for their summer holidays. Putting the screen away, flipping pages on real actual paper, taking it slow on some dog danglin’ afternoon, getting inspired toward doing great things in a fresh new year.
We asked for suggestions on Twitter and we had a few ideas of our own. So here’s a list of ideas to send you to your holidays, covering writing inspiration, business in the tech world, and histories of fascinating moments in the industry.
Got other ideas? Drop them in the comments below.
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
Stephen King
Nothing was more recommended when I asked for suggestions than this. This is the memoir King wrote while rehabilitating after being hit by a car and almost being killed. I think he also wrote Misery around the same time? But alongside the memoir is a deep dive into his thoughts on the craft and how he does what he does. So many nuggets of insight in here. Well worth a spot on the shelf.
Invisible Ink
Brian McDonald
“A Practical Guide to Building Stories that Resonate”: I’m all for practical advice and there’s so much about ‘storytelling’ that isn’t just for creative work. Journalists can use a lot of advice along these lines too.
Damn Fine Story
Chuck Wendig
Successful genre fiction author Wendig is a great follow on Twitter for his thoughts on the industry and he’s happy to punch you in the gut with clarity on getting on with the work of writing instead of just living in the productivity porn of books like these. If you don’t get the book you can at least read his “Do The Thing!” essay and then go Do The Thing.
Rejection: A Wilderness Guide for Writers
Mark Evanier
This is online, so you can dive in right away. A series of essays from a comic and television writer about writing. Recommended by Alex Kidman, I’ve had a quick look and I can see myself working through these articles over the weeks ahead.
The Creative Habit
Twyla Tharp
I recommend this to people constantly. A great book written by a famous New York choreographer on how she manages her creative process. Anyone who needs to manage lots of ideas and create space for creativity in their actual workflow can get so much out of this book.
Augmented Reality
Mark Pesce
Well known in the local scene as a columnist and futurist, Pesce released a book on Augmented Reality this year that speaks to just how far and how transformative this concept is for the future of… everything? It’s approachable, it’s scary, it’s exciting for what can be – if we get it right.
The Power of Experiments: Decision Making in a Data Driven World
Michael Luca and Max H. Bazerman
Provocative and interesting to think about how great businesses have focused on testing and iteration in the digital world to find their path.
Competing in the Age of AI: Strategy and Leadership when algorithms and networks run the world
Marco Iansiti and Karim R Lakani
Meanwhile, if the data isn’t enough, there’s the algorithms to think about. How do you carve a path in the thick of network effects and algorithmically determined ‘cream’ rising? More exciting – and scary – food for thought here.
Not All Fairytales Have Happy Endings
Ken Williams
The founder of Sierra On-Line talks about the journey through making adventures games with his wife Roberta, the growth of a videogame empire, and the horrible ending to it all. A fascinating history from the ideal person to describe what happened.
Have a wonderful holidays and an amazing new year and we’ll see you on the other side.

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Hashela Kumarawansa has kicked off her new role with SBS News in Melbourne.

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