I know I send my newsletter out on Monday, I know yesterday was Monday, and yet all day yesterday I kept thinking about what I was going to write in my newsletter tomorrow. Lol, so here we are with a Tuesday edition for no good reason other than creatives really are up in the clouds sometimes.
Edgar Gomez (whose stunning memoir I just finished – like I've read 35 books this year and his is absolutely one of my faves – and is available for pre-order) while offering feedback on one of my workshop pieces a few months ago asked me if I ever learned anything from all the men I dated that didn't work out.
Aside from those dudes putting me up on music and taking me to bars and restaurants I'd later return to on other dates or with friends, sometimes I learned useful little hacks too.
A professor I dated who was also writing a book, would do a little reading before he delved into his writing. Just to get his brain revved up in the right direction. I've started doing the same and it really is helpful!
Sometimes, I'll just read whatever essay I come across first. Sometimes, I'll read or re-read a specific essay that I think can help me with the essay I'm working on. Sometimes, I just read part of something until the urge to write kicks in and sometimes I'll read something in its entirety.
It feels like magic when I find the exact right thing to read that motivates me or gets me unstuck in my writing.
I don't tend to read craft books during my writing warmup. I think because it'd drag my writing brain down a different direction. But I do have a stack of craft books I cannot wait to delve into once I turn this manuscript draft in in a couple weeks.
I keep forgetting to mention I'm leading a real-time revisions workshop in October. I've been teaching for the Porch online for a year now and I've really enjoyed them and their students.
In the class, we read a craft essay and then discuss how it applies to the week's assigned readings and then we turn to your writing and I give you a small revision prompt and you revise in about 8-15 minute bursts. There is no time wasted in this workshop and by the end of the month you will have made a lot of progress on your next draft.
If funds are tight, scholarships are available.