K. M. Alexander posted a quote that struck a chord. For over a month now, my entire writing existence has centered around the idea he recently espoused here.
It works. I sit at the computer, and I say, “For the next 15 minutes there is nothing but writing.” Then I set a timer, and I go. Sometimes I get 350 words of total crap. Other times I can barely force 190 words, and none of them seem great. Other times, I feel like it’s all coming together. I feel like I’m writing something I would enjoy reading.
The other times are starting to outnumber the rest. It’s a good feeling.
Now back to work.
It has been brought to my attention that I have failed the writing community at large because I haven’t read the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling (yes, I just linked to Wikipedia for Harry Potter). I will attempt to remedy this by at least reading the first installment after I finish the book I’m currently reading, Red Litten World by K. M. Alexander.
Now let me add my own, “you’ve failed the writing community if you haven’t read”: Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor Frankl. I know- it’s an entirely different genre. It isn’t even FICTION!
This book will transform the way you think about the motivations of characters in desperate situations.
This book enlightens you on the motives of men driven to do horrible things.
This book may well change your life for the better. It has mine. Thank you, Meri!
Frankl was a Jew in a concentration camp. He saw some of the worst of the human condition imaginable. He also happened to be a trained psychiatrist who observed and later documented the ordeal.
If you are a writer, read this book. If you are not a writer, read this book.
I’d love to hear from you. What is your “you’ve failed the writing community if you haven’t read” book?
Small update: I’m still working on Rue From Ruin – Part 5. It’s difficult, but it’s worth it!