Before I became a writer, I spent half a century reading. Now that I write, I’ve turned into an even more voracious reader. But I read differently than I used to. It once seemed to be all about enjoying the story… now I’m also very analytical. I still love to settle down with a good tale, but all the while I’m trying to figure out, How did the author do that? / Oo-oo-oo! What an opening! / That’s the best use of metaphor that I’ve ever seen!
I’m a blogger, I read other blogs. One I go to every day belongs to Nathan Bransford. My favorite of his postings has always been “Digging for Mushrooms” (Dec. 1, 2009)
Today, I must replace my old time number one friend with Nathan’s post for today, “The Nine Circles of Writing Hell”
I’ve logged a chunk of hours on the computer this year and my book is to be released on December 4th I couldn’t be happier. On Nathan’s 2009 post, you’ll see what I’m referring to when I say, “Someone recognized my MATSUTAKE !! ” (Bless you David Bodwell and Richard Grabman…)
Actually Nathan Bradsford read the first thirty pages of a novel I am still working on. He made me see that I need more practice writing fiction and he sent me scurrying into my favorite non-fiction genres… essay, chronicle, and memoir. “Magic Made in Mexico” is the result of my return to the womb. So a big “Bless you!” goes out to Mr. Bradsford as well.
Maybe next year, I’ll be publishing that long-agonized-over novel?
MATSUTAKE! Stranger things have happened…
Link to Nathan Bransford’s blog and the post “The Nine Circles of Writing Hell”
And to “Digging for Mushrooms”