Welcome to this Saturday Edition of What We’re Writing and Reading.
We’re taking a little detour on the weekends now to share some of what we’re up to with our writing (when we’re not here) and what we’re into with our reading (around the web). We’ll also pull back the curtain a little to give you a behind-the-scenes look at what went into a piece.
We hope you enjoy this little diversion and encourage you to share your own posts and picks in the comments.
Happy writing! Happy reading!
What I’m writing: Plugging away at my YA novel, feeling like I need to do some onsite research at the setting for the story — way up on the coast of northern Maine. It’ll be tough to do in the summer, I know, I know, but I think it’s called for. I need to recapture the essence of the place and tease all 5 senses to help with description. <grin>
What I’m reading:
Found a wonderful post with suggestion for how to stop letting our self-imposed writing goals & promises fall by the wayside. How to stop the excuses and go the distance.
Still reading the Andres Dubus III memoir, Townie. Have only been able to read it in spurts this past week. This weekend isn’t promising for reading time either, but I’ll try!
Jamie Wallace: This week was massively busy and happily productive for me. It was one of those weeks where I looked back at everything I’d accomplished and thought, “Wow! I rocked it!” Of course, all my writing accomplishments fell squarely into the marcom (marketing communications) bucket rather than the fiction bucket, but I still did a little happy dance. I swear that Coffitivity helped me ace all my deadlines (along with my Gipsy Kings playlist on Pandora). Anyway – here’s a quick recap of my week in writing (and reading!):
What I’m writing: Three more pages for an architect’s website, two award show submissions (much like case studies) for a marketing company, a mini ebook on the topic of how brands can reach teens online, and a (winning) proposal for a new branding and website project.
What I’m reading: Again – mostly blogs, but that’s okay. I’m in a “make hay while the sun shines” mode and happy to be nose-to-grindstone for a couple of months if it means I can breathe a little easier and take some time to work on “my” projects later this summer. Meanwhile, here are my fave picks of the week for writing-related posts:
- It’s My Blog and I’ll Cry If I Want To by @storyfix – A rare personal post from one of my favorite resources on the craft of writing.
- Chuck Close on Creativity, Work Ethic, and Problem-Solving vs. Problem-Creating via @99u – This post talks about painting, but the lessons are applicable to any creative endeavor.
- Busy, Guilt-Ridden Writers! Write What You Can by @AineGreaney – I HAVE to try some of these suggestions. Word count isn’e everything. (Thank goodness!)
- 10 Tips for Writers Reading in Public by @randysusanmeyer – Great tips on how not to screw up a reading!
- 7 Bestseller Book Marketing Strategies For Fiction Writers by @JonathanGunson – A wealth of good ideas. As usual.
- Faster, Authors, Faster! by @Porter_Anderson via @JaneFriedman – Raises some great questions on whether speed and quantity of work pushed out is a good thing … or not so much.
Happy writing & reading! 🙂