Today I’m doing my final post for the diyMFA book club. (If this is the first time you’ve heard about diyMFA, you can find out all about it here.) One of the prompts was to share your reading list. I enjoyed the reading section of the book, and I loved the way Gabriela broke the writer’s reading list down into three categories. The great thing about it – you tailor it to your genre. The three categories are:
Craft Books: These are the books that deal with the craft of writing – books that help you improve your writing. Currently, these are the craft books I have on my TBR list (some of them I’ve read parts of, but I haven’t read any of them in their entirety):
1. diyMFA by Gabriela Pereira
2. Steering the Craft by Ursula K. Le Guin
3. Story Genius by Lisa Cron
4. Self-Editing For Writers by Renni Brown and Dave King
5. Social Media for Writers by Tee Morris and Pip Ballantine
(You can add me as a friend on Goodreads, where I have a bookshelf full of these books 🙂 )
The Classics: These are the books that are classics in your genre. I write YA – which doesn’t have as many classics as some other genres. Widely considered the first YA book, The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, was published in 1967. I’ve already read this classic and loved it! Here are some more YA classics on my TBR list:
1. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
2. A Wrinkle in Time by Ursula Le Guin
3. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
4. Seventeenth Summer by Maureen Daly (Written in 1942, some people considered this to be the first YA book, as opposed to The Outsiders, so I’ll have to give it a look)
5. The Grey King by Susan Cooper
Comp. Titles: These are books that are comparable to the book you are writing. I write YA fantasy with a fairytale twist (some are retellings, some are just stylized like fairytales), so I read a lot of fantasy, especially retellings. I don’t have a specific list for this group, because I am always on the lookout for these books and am continually adding to my TBR list. This month I have selected several books to read for the #fantasticfeb reading challenge, and several of them fall into this category. You can see my #fantasticfeb list here.
Another diyMFA book club prompt was to share a picture of your writing space.
I write a lot of different places, but I do have a desk where I do a fair amount of that writing. There’s a window on the left side which lets in lots of natural light. I find this energizing and motivating. Also, I’ve hung a lot of inspirational pictures above it. 🙂
I love this desk! I’ve had since I graduated from college. One day, my grandpa (the same grandpa who helped inspire me to become a writer by telling me his stories) and my dad helped me comb through garage sales to find a sturdy desk. We found this one for a dollar. It needed some cleaning, a little sanding, and a new coat of stain, and then it was ready to go. Pretty awesome, right?
So how about you -What’s on your reading list? Do you have a favorite craft book? Where do you write? Let me know in the comments.