Q: Do YOU identify?
A: You'll just have to read on to see!
Seems like when I’m in an EXTRA writing (or speaking) mode, I’m also in an EXTRA reading mode. Seems like pouring out EXTRA words makes me crave to take in EXTRA words.
So what EXTRA words do I gulp? I am very selective! I read every word in my two favorite writing craft magazines (below), the only two I still subscribe to after years of many writing magazines.
Here’s something to ponder and apply from this mag:
“Books aren’t written – they’re rewritten. . . . It is one of the hardest things to accept, especially after the seventh rewrite hasn’t quite done it.”
(Michael Crichton, p. 10)
And this too:
“Published authors will tell you it’s all about perseverance, the one characteristic all successful writers share.”
(James Scott Bell, p. 14)
Writer's Digest! What an extemely difficult magazine to put down! It’s kept me reading until midnight numerous nights, even before I retired and I couldn’t sleep in late like now. In this issue, my favorite article is also by James Scott Bell (see above quote), “The 5 Biggest Fiction Writing Mistakes + How to Fix Them.” Don’t miss this article! He gives at least five secrets (OK, reasons) his books are bestsellers.
My word craving is also appeased by author auto/biographies. I’ve recently enjoyed these two Grace Livingston Hill ones. While I can’t say I’m a fan of her books (nor that I’m not a fan), I’m definitely a fan of her writing life and Christian principles. These two biographies inspired me in my writing for Christ. The first author, Robert Munce, is her grandson, and I'm assuming you know Betty Steele Everett.
I also read LOTS of books about China and Taiwan, both fiction and non-fiction, since they are the main settings of my trilogy: Hungry River, Dragon Wall, and Jade Cross (wip). My other book is Women of the Last Supper, so that drives me to read lots of biblical fiction and other resource books about the time period of our LORD.
SOOO, do YOU identify?