Recently, in a fit of office organizing, I bought some lovely new shelves for my growing collection of writing books. (Thank you, Ikea!) I love these books. When I get stuck on a writing project, I thumb through and read a chapter here and there and sometimes get inspired – or at least feel like I’m doing something productive.
However, as I was putting them away I realized that there’s a lot these books have to offer that I haven’t taken advantage of by simply thumbing through and reading a little at a time. Even the ones I’ve read cover-to-cover, like WRITING WITH PICTURES, would probably hold different insights for me now than when I first read them. And so I pledge…in 2013, I will commit to reading and re-reading some of these craft books in a focused way. I will do the recommended exercises. I will seek out the books cited as examples at the library and read them.
At this point, my path is not well-planned but here’s what I envision for myself:
– I’ll start with WRITING PICTURE BOOKS by Ann Whitford Paul.
– Allow enough time to do any recommended exercises.
– I plan to start well after New Year’s (to allow for post-holiday recovery) and do a check-in post here on my blog every 2-3 weeks.
– I would love to have a partner (or two) to do this with me, and so I
beg ask if anyone would like to join me in this little scheme? Let me know!
I’d also love to hear about your favorite craft books. Which ones have you found helpful?