Do you read books on writing? Do you do the exercises and finish the book? If you’re anything like me, the answer is no. I always tend to hit a wall about halfway through, or rush through the exercises or even skip the ones I don’t think I need (but probably do).
I recently decided to read The Artist’s Way, to dedicate myself to doing a chapter a week. And as I was reading the first few chapters, I found a lot I wanted to share, a lot I wanted to discuss. And I decided I wanted to read some of the other books on writing I have, really work through them. And maybe if I did it publicly, with a support group of sorts, maybe I could get through them and writing would become natural again.
So I’m starting the Books on Writing Reading Program. I’m going to blog about it here, and I hope you’ll join me. I have a backlog of books to get through, including, in no particular order, Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande, Wild Mind by Natalie Goldberg, and On Writing by Stephen King. Plus at least seven or eight other books I have sitting on a shelf. I will also be restarting and finishing an online writing course I started last year, the one that inspired me to start The Writing Promptcast. Participate for one book or five or all. If you have a book you’d like to read, let me know and I’ll put it on the schedule!
But first, The Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron. This will be a 14 week review and discussion, beginning in May. I will be posting for each week on Fridays, so on Friday, May 6th, we will discuss the Introduction, The Basic Principles, and The Basic Tools. We will be discussing the chapter titled Week 1 on May 13th. If you would like to join me in this reading program, please read along with me and stop by here on Fridays to discuss the week’s lesson.
I’m terrible at follow-through. So this is my hope: that others will join me here for this. Let’s do this together, sort of an online book club. Write about it on your blog and link back here, or comment on the posts, or email me and let me know what you’re thinking each week. And when you or I hit that wall that always seems to hit me halfway through, let’s help each other over and keep going.
I’m not necessarily looking to become a better writer, although of course I hope I do. I simply want to write again, like I used to. I want to love it, I want the stories to pour out of me, I want to give the voices in my head a platform and let them know I’m here for them, so that they can be there for me when I’m finally ready to finish writing a book.
Because that is and will always be my ultimate dream: my book on a bookshelf, even if it’s just my own.
What’s your creative writing dream? What area do you want to improve in? Let’s help each other out, support each other, and succeed.
Are you in? Let me know in the comments below, and be sure to let me know if there’s a particular book I should add to the schedule!