This artist journey is not for the faint of heart. Along the way, I've found these resources to be helpful touchstones to return to, time and again.

The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron; also: Finding Water and Walking in This World

The War of Art and Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield

Mastering Creative Anxiety by Eric Maisel

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg

Letters to a Young Artist: Straight-up Advice on Making a Life in the Arts by Anna Deavere Smith

Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life by Dani Shapiro

Maria Papova's blog Brain Pickings, a source of beautifully curated resources and inspiration.