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

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!

What I’m Reading

Falling to EarthI picked up Falling to Earth, a debut novel by Kate Southwood. The story is set in 1925 and centers around the Graves family. Paul Graves and his young family are the only ones who still have everything after a devastating tornado flattens their fictional town of Marah, Illinois.

When I read the description of this book, I just knew I had to read it. I can hardy put it down.


What I’m Writing

With NaNoWriMo approaching, I’ve started preparing for my NaNo novel. I’m mostly freewriting to get to know my characters. Last year, my struggle was that I didn’t feel I knew my characters well enough to tell their story. I fizzled out about halfway to the 50,000 word goal. This year, I’m preparing and on November 1st, I’m going to start over. This time, I’ll tell the story from a different perspective. I’ll be blogging about my progress!


My Favorite Quote of the Week

“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”
–  Louis L’Amour


Blogs and findings around the Interwebs

Your Writer’s Mind
I loved this relatable post from blogger Jamie Lee Wallace about the mind of a writer.

5 Ways to Write Like Your Hair is on Fire
On the Today’s Author blog, I love Jacqui Murray’s suggestion to “Write everything as though I have a deadline that must be met.”

Writers, you’ll appreciate these 10 Thing Writers are Tired of Hearing


Read any good books lately? Are you preparing for NaNoWriMo? Share your reading and writing adventures in the comments, and feel free to link back to your own blog!

5 thoughts on “This Week: What I’m Reading, What I’m Writing

  1. Hi, Jennifer!
    Thanks for sharing my post and along with your other great finds! 🙂

    I wish I could say I’m gearing up for NaNoWriMo, but I’m afraid it’s not in the cards for me this year. That’s okay, though. I have lots of other things shakin’! 🙂

  2. Love getting book suggestions, and this one sounds fantastic. I’m reading Divergent, the first book in a new dystopia-themed series that my young teen devoured in a matter of days. So far enjoying it. My blog post tomorrow will center on what I’m writing. I’m looking forward to reading about your NaNo journey. I’d considered giving that a try this year, but I know right now it would be biting off more than I could chew. I’m considering doing the Camp NaNo next July.

  3. I had just started The Ashford Affair by Lauren Willig, but will have to put it aside because Stephen King’s new book comes out on Tuesday and I always drop everything for Mr. King. Haven’t gotten far enough into Ashford to speak to it, but I came across it as a recommendation to fans of Kate Morton, so people who like her may want to check it out.

    Writing-wise I’m finishing a horror novel, hopefully by November 1 so my writing time is less cluttered for NaNo. Um, no idea what I’m writing for NaNo yet. But inspiration is bound to strike any second right? RIGHT?

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