ReadRightNow: Monday, August 2, 2013

Happy Labor Day to you! My hope for you is that you’re laboriously lifting a bottle of beer or a glass of lemonade (or some other cold and refreshing concoction), spending time working on stuffing your face with yummy food, and putting in some good time with family and friends.

And THEN my hope for you is that you go away and read this blog post and the articles I’m linking in it.

Labor Day is about work – whatever your particular labor might be – and these days, my work is writing. So it seemed fitting to go all book-nerd-writer on you in this week’s installment and share three articles specifically pertaining to my labor (mostly of love):  writing.

ReadRightNow:  Monday, August 2, 2013

  • This week, I got the new issue of Poets & Writers magazine, and it was a gem of an issue. One of my favorite articles was this one by Eleanor Henderson on the beauty and utility of backstory in fiction. As I’ve been working on my novel, I’m finding that the more I write, the more I need backstory. Will it necessarily end up in the finished draft? No. Will some of it? Probably. But more to the point, it’s writing I need to do, as the writer, to create a compelling story for the reader.
  • BuzzFeed did a round-up of 17 personal essays that will change your life. I’ve only read 3 of these, but I am making it a point to track down the rest and read them.
  • When I was in graduate school, my thesis advisor had to fight a recurring battle with me:  I was completely gynocentric in my reading list. In other words, all the books I wanted to include on my thesis list – a list of books I had read and studied that influenced and informed my own writing – all those books were by women. For diversity, she asked that I add a few men into the mix, and begrudgingly, I threw a few in there. What can I say? I like books by ladies. But with that little anecdote in mind, I was happy to find this article on Huffington Post about writer, Anna Szymanski, who spent a year reading only women, without really meaning to do it. Her findings are compelling in terms of how the voices we read shape our perspective on the world and our own identity. Her findings also make me feel even better about my thesis list.

2 thoughts on “ReadRightNow: Monday, August 2, 2013

  1. reading all the things: especially the personal essays one, as i always have enjoyed things like that. I’m having a vague feeling that there’s something i need to recommend to you which is very similar to that? but it’s too early for me to remember. something…something…i’ll remember. it’s also a compilation of personal essays, but all on a specific thing…argh…i’ll think.

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