Welcome to this Saturday Edition of What We’re Writing and Reading in which we 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!
Jamie Wallace: Real cold has begun to settle into New England. Its arrival feels a little harsh after our balmy autumn, but I welcome the dropping temperatures for my own bookish reasons. Though I enjoy reading all year ’round, there is something extra delicious about curling up under a blanket with a hot mug of tea and a good book. The shorter days and darker afternoons seem the perfect excuse for calling it a day a little early and surrendering to the siren call of the couch and the nearby pile of books.
With the cold comes the reality of the holidays lurking just around the corner. I suppose “lurking” may not be the most complimentary adjective to choose, but I don’t think anyone would deny that this time of year arrives with its own rather large helping of stress and anxiety. I’m a bit in denial so far this year (haven’t bought or made a single gift). I’m also looking for ways to seriously simplify gift giving and celebrating in general. Any tips are welcome!
What I’m Writing:
Over on my marketing site, I published a post called The (magical) power of delight. Delight is grossly undervalued in marketing. People here the word “marketing” and too often feel like everything has to get all serious and analytical. They start thinking in numbers and acronyms. They forget that marketing is all about making connections … with other human beings. Creating delight is a surefire way to capture people’s imagination and win their hearts.
As writers, we are even more finely tuned into the art of creating connection than most. Creating delightful content and experiences for our readers should, at some level, come naturally … if we let it.
I’m also continuing to work on my daily prompt writing. I am pretty pleased with my track record so far, though I have missed a couple of days. I’m curious – how many of you do writing exercises based on prompts? Do you find them helpful in the context of larger projects, or just use them for warm-ups, etc?
What I’m Reading:
I was challenged in the reading department this week. I actually found (made!) time to read, but I wound up being disappointed by the books I was reading. (More on that in another post I have scheduled for next Tuesday.)
After wasting several hours trying to muscle my way through books that weren’t making my heart go pitter-patter, I finally got smart and gave up. Even better, I decided to pick up an old favorite for a second read. East (affiliate link) by Edith Pattou is a fast-paced young adult novel that retells the classic story East of the Sun, West of the Moon. It has been many years since I first read this novel, but it was especially sweet to fall easily into the story and the language after my trials with the other two books.
I am hoping that my daughter (almost ten years-old) might give East a try when I’m done reading it. I love a story with a strong, female protagonist, and Pattou’s Rose is just such a character.
And let’s not forget the blogs. Here are a few of my favorite writerly posts from this week:
- 11 Bits of Wisdom From Doris Lessing, On Reading, Writing, and Life – by @MegWClayton
- The 8 Most Influential People in E-Book Single Publishing – by Howard Polskin
- 12 Helpful, Practical Steps to Unclutter Your Book Collection – by @joshua_becker
- How To Stay Motivated When Your Blog Is Invisible – by @JohnAguiar
- Four Novelists on Their Favorite, Worst and Unintentionally Funny Tweets – via @huffingtonpost
- The Key To Growing Readership: Your ‘Writer’s Voice – by @JonathanGunson
- Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 rules for writing a short story – by @chrisrobley
- 10 Concentration Apps that Will Help You Get Down to Business – by @CordeliaCallsIt
- The Ultimate Cheat Sheet to Social Media Image Sizes – by @authormedia
- Infographic: 4 Key Book Publishing Paths – by @JaneFriedman
Finally, a quote for the week:
I’ll admit it. 😉
And that’s all for this week. Have a fabulously writerly weekend with plenty of words and stories & we’ll see you on the other side!
Jamie Lee Wallace is a writer who also happens to be a marketer. She helps her Suddenly Marketing clients discover their voice, connect with their audience, and find their marketing groove. She is also a mom, a prolific blogger, and a student of the equestrian arts, voice, and trapeze (not at the same time). Introduce yourself on facebook or twitter. She doesn’t bite … usually.