Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott is a wonderful book about the writing process. Read it for practical, warm-hearted on getting started, completing your work, and bringing it into the world.
Natalie Goldberg’s Writing Down the Bones is full of engaging advice that will get you writing right away. She also has an excellent notebook full of writing prompts called The Essential Writer’s Notebook.
The Artist’s Way is a classic for anyone who wants to make creativity a stronger part of their everyday life. It’s full of activities and exercises that will bring out your creative spark. Julia Cameron has also written several follow-up books, such as The Vein of Gold and Walking in This World, for those seeking to continue their creative journey.
If you’re struggling to finish a writing project, I highly recommend Cary Tennis and Danelle Morton’s Finishing School: The Happy Ending to That Writing Project You Can’t Seem to Get Done. Tennis has developed a collaborative method of goal setting and completion that works, and this book offers a wealth of helpful tips.
Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft gives a window into the life and writing process of a prolific best-selling author. King shares valuable writing tips and book recommendations.
In Steering the Craft, Ursula K. Le Guin teaches about key tools of storytelling, such as voice, sentences, and points of view. This book is great for understanding the mechanics of writing, as well as being an engaging read.
In The Writer’s Journey, Christopher Vogler adapts the hero’s journey as a framework for storytelling structure. Useful for anyone who wants to write narrative, this book benefits from the author’s experience crafting movie scripts as well as his in-depth discussion of examples.
My book The Modern Enneagram, co-written with Kacie Berghoef, gives an in-depth overview of the Enneagram and its far-reaching, practical applications.
Decoding Personality in the Workplace, co-written with Kacie Berghoef in 2015, gives a quick, illustrated tour of the nine Enneagram types’ strengths and challenges at work, and offers tips for being your best self on the job.
The Wisdom of the Enneagram, by Don Riso and Russ Hudson, explains the psychology of the nine Enneagram types and offers practical suggestions for growth. If you want an engaging resource to get you acquainted with the system, this is a good starting point.
Riso and Hudson’s Personality Types delves more deeply into the workings of the Enneagram types, describing the full spectrum of functioning that each type includes. A worthwhile read for serious students.
Robert Tallon and Mario Sikora’s book Awareness to Action describes the nine types in a business context and offers a practical model for taking action on what you learn. A valuable resource for leaders and managers.
For business leaders, Catherine Bell (with Russ Hudson and Christopher Papadopoulos) has an exciting new book out. “The Awakened Company offers practical insights designed to take business to a new and awakened level through the merging of wisdom traditions with the best practices in business.”
For teenagers and parents of teens, Liz Wagele’s The Enneagram for Teens is a great resource for self-discovery, featuring real-life stories and quotes.
The 2017 Enneagram Global Summit (June 5-9, recordings available online) collects talks from more than 40 of the world’s most illuminating Enneagram voices. Discover the latest insights, break free from unconscious patterns, and reconnect with your true self. Order the recordings here.
The Enneagram Global Summit 2016 took place June 7-10. You can still listen to the recordings of 20 of the world’s top experts exploring cutting-edge applications of the system and take your Enneagram journey deeper. Order here.
I highly recommend Tom Condon’s Enneagram audio downloads at The Changeworks, which connect the Enneagram with coaching strategies and other change-oriented techniques. Click below to learn more.
How Knowing Yourself Can Make You a Better Entrepreneur
Melanie Bell, Nine Points Magazine, December 2016
Using the Enneagram in Business Teams
Kacie Berghoef, LinkedIn, September 2016
Summary of a 2015 IEA Conference Presentation: Communication Styles for Success
Melanie Bell and Kacie Berghoef, Nine Points Magazine, September 2015
Spain, Portugal, and an Enneagram Conference
Kacie Berghoef, Storied Travel, February 2015
Listening to Your Own Voice
Melanie Bell, Wise Introvert Newsletter, December 2014
Enneagram Blog Series
Kacie Berghoef, Personality Revealed, October – December 2014
Series begins with the post “Introducing Myself” on page 3.
The Enneagram and Ayurveda: Key Insights from Our IEA Presentation
Melanie Bell and Kacie Berghoef, Nine Points Magazine, September 2014
The Enneagram and Reiki as Complementary Tools
Melanie Bell, Nine Points Magazine, November 2013
Meet the Presenters: The Enneagram and Ayurveda as Complementary Practices
Kacie Berghoef and Melanie Bell, Nine Points Magazine, March 2014