For 2016, my writing focus is on craft (read the explanatory post). The first book I’m going to read is The One Hour MFA by Michael Kimball. Kimball is an indie author who writes beautifully and he put his put book up for free online. So that sounds nice. You can read Kimball’s book (again…for free) over at Real Pants and I’ll be taking notes in this space.
Check out my initial notes below. Any notes/quotes from the book will be in bold text and my comments will be regular text. Everything is a paraphrase unless otherwise noted.
A few years ago, Jonathan Franzen, the literary curmudgeon said he didn’t like it when fiction writers participate in the PR game. Here’s what he said:
I’ve always thought I was better at writing than most people. Words, reading, sentences–it all came naturally to me.
And it’s true, I am better at writing than most people. Most people don’t write. I’m not as good as those who are also naturally gifted at writing. It’s taken me forever to figure this out…
Intro, let’s go: For 2015, I’m recapping what I read, watched, wrote and listened to and whatever else. This isn’t a favorites or best, it’s just what happened to me in the cultural landscape. Music and podcasts are first, then what I watched and my year in reading. Finally: what I wrote this year.
Total Words on the Blog This Year : 41,609
That doesn’t include this post and this is cheating a bit, because I did more interviews this year than I have in the past, so not all of those are mine. That’s actually pretty low, in my mind. Many bloggers I read do 100s of thousands of words each year. It may seem like you hear a lot from me, but you don’t :). Also, at the beginning of 2015, I changed focus a little bit and went away from regularly blogging about books, writing and literature. That was a mistake. I lost momentum for some of my other creative projects. I’m going to double down in 2016 (more to come on that). [Read more…] about 2015: My Year In Writing and Blogging
Intro, let’s go: For 2015, I’m recapping what I read, watched, wrote and listened to and whatever else. This isn’t a favorites or best, it’s just what happened to me in the cultural landscape. Music and podcasts are first, then what I watched. Now, reading. Next will be writing.
Every year, I believe I’ll read more books. And every year, I read about the same number. Below are 19 completed books. My wife told me she read 48, and that doesn’t include the books she thought of as “junk.” I like to think I “forgot” about some books, that I didn’t remember to add them to this ongoing list, but I’m not sure. So maybe I read 22 instead of 19?
I lost interest in several books after 5o or 100 pages. Those take up time. So does writing a new novel. So does writing a blog. (Excuses, yes!)
This year, I made an effort to read what was on my shelf. I went on a library fast. I broke that sometime in late October to pick up some of the new books, which you’ll see in the skimmed list.