One of the podcasts I listen to every week is the Stop Writing Alone podcast from Nicole Rivera. Several weeks ago Nicole talked about choosing a book from your bookshelf and working through it.
I love craft books and own a lot of them. I have done a lot of the exercises in several like
Wild Mind , Writing Down the Bones and the True Secet of writing all by Natalie Goldberg.
I have done almost all the exercise in Going Short by Nancy Stohlman. I also took a course with Nancy using her book.
The Rose Metal Press Flash Fiction Field Guide is also one I have done many exercises from.
One book I have dipped in and out of it Brevity by David Galef. I purchased this book on the recommendation of Nancy Stohlman in March of last year.
Ever since I heard Nicole talk about choosing a book and committing to doing the exercises in it I knew the Brevity book was the one I needed to dig into.
Today I started with the first chapter about vignettes. I like this book because there is instruction and then at least one mentor text illustrating the points of the form highlighted. I wrote a vignette that I don’t like very much but the form will be on my mind for the rest of the day.
This is not the only writing I did today. I did my five minute Friday exercise. I also did my Sarah Selecky daily prompt in addition to morning pages.
What book would you like to work through but haven’t made the plan to do so yet?
***This not only works with writing exercise books but also cookbooks! I have worked my way through a couple of cookbooks beginning to end.