Wednesdays are all about reading!
One of the ways I became a better writer was to use Ray Bradbury’s advice of reading a poem, a short story, and an essay every day for 1,000 nights.
My general things you can do with the text:
- Just read.
- Write down lines that you are drawn to.
- Write out a whole section word for word to get the feel of the author’s words.
- Write and start with the sentence stem: This piece reminds me of…
- Read the piece out loud to hear the author’s voice and rhythm.
Laura Robb introduced me to Nye at a Writers At Work conference in Sun Valley, Idaho years and years ago. Ever since that day I have sought out and read her poetry. I have read it for pleasure and for teaching.
Short Story: The Stone by Louise Erdrich
This story has an object at its center which is a structure and craft move I love. This story has me wondering which is a good characteristic for my reading!
How do you feel about vanishing things?
The Joan Dideon is a classic essay for writers. Nina LaCour talks about it on her podcast Keeping a Notebook which is where she got the name. Most writers keep some sort of notebook. It is a longer essay, but worth the read.