This Week: What I’m Reading, What I’m Writing/Editing

Inspired by the New Hampshire Writer’s Network Live to Write – Write to Live blog, I’ve decided to start my own regular posts about what I’m currently reading in books, audiobooks and blogs, and what I’m working on in my writing. I hope to make this a regular (weekly or biweekly) feature on the blog.

I hope you’ll share what interesting things you’re reading and writing in the comments, and please feel free to link back to your own blog!

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What I’m Reading

TORCH_Front_Cover-330I’m reading Cheryl Strayed’s novel, Torch. I read her memoir Wild last year, about her solo 1,100 mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail with no training or hiking experience, and I loved it. I was inspired to read more of her work after  listening to her speak at a ceremony for the Art of Fact Award from my alma mater, The College at Brockport, State University of New York this Spring.

Torch is about Teresa Rae Wood who is dying of cancer at the age of 38. Her family is left reeling and must deal with the loss and their grief.

So far, it is heartbreaking.


What I’m Writing

The short story I have been working on was recently read and critiqued by a writer friend of mine, so I am in the process of editing and revising that. Once it is ready, I will be researching literary magazine and possibly some short story contests to submit it to. More on that to come!

I’ve also been doing Morning Pages. Although I have to admit I haven’t been writing consistently every day, I am enjoying getting into the habit of writing (almost) every morning as soon as I wake up.

 

My Favorite Quote of the Week

“A writer, like an athlete, must ‘train’ every day. What did I do today to keep in ‘form’?”
Susan Sontag

 

Blogs and findings around the Interwebs

What Editors Want: A Must-Read for Writers Submitting to Literary Magazines
This is an article that came at the perfect time – I will be referring to it in the very near future! It is thorough and very helpful.

Two Pages a Day
From the Writer Unboxed blog, this post has some great insights on how to take small steps to reach big writing goals.

21 Little Lifestyle Changes That Will Help you be Healthier
I enjoyed this article and its useful tips – thought I would share!

Just for fun, here are 28 Signs you were an English Major
I know the majority of these apply to me!

 

What about you? Did you read anything interesting this week? What are you working on in your writing? I hope you’ll share in the comments, and please feel free to link back to your own blog!

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4 thoughts on “This Week: What I’m Reading, What I’m Writing/Editing

  1. Morning pages can be really helpful — but mine usually end up being just a morning page… I don’t really have much time in the mornings. 🙂

    • Haha, yes multiple pages aren’t always feasible – especially on a work day! I know Morning Pages are supposed to be three pages of longhand, but I don’t focus on the length – I think a morning page is great too!

  2. I did the Morning Pages practice consistently for a couple of years, and then trailed off. I’ve recently begun to bring it back to my morning routine, but in a “softer” more “open-ended” way. I don’t feel guilty if I miss a day (or two, or ten). I just roll with the ebb and flow. There are days when I can only write a page (or a half page), and days when I know that the extra half hour of sleep will be more valuable to me than brain dumping for three pages. I let my intuition guide me on which is the best decision. As often as I can, however, I do make the time to do the full three pages. I’ve found that it usually takes me until somewhere past the middle of the second page to get to anything “good” – and by “good” I mean something I can work with, not something well written.

    Good luck with your Morning Pages and with your short story submission!
    🙂

    • I don’t follow the Morning Pages concept too closely either. I always aim for three pages, but I generally just write until I feel I am finished, rather than succumbing to the pressure of writing a specific amount. I’m more interested in the routine of daily writing than the quantity.
      Thanks for sharing your Morning Pages experience!

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