writerfangirl: ([open me up to starts])
For the last couple of years, I have tried--sometimes more than other times-to read 100 books in a year. This year, I am more serious about it than I have been in a while. It's a valuable goal, I think. Without being in school, reading is the prime way I'm getting further education. I'm drawn to books that are written by writers about their craft and self help books, particularly ones that deal with unblocking and creative things. I really wish that bookstores had creative sections within self help sections. It would make my searching a whole lot easier. I want to be a mentor who helps to unblock others, or help people find their passion. I like helping people see aspects of themselves that they didn't even realize were there. Reading other people's approaches to this is going to be very helpful.

While my list is numbered, it is not the order I will be reading the books in. I wanted a numbered list so I could add more as I get them. I have a lot of other books that I haven't added, but I think for now the remaining 35 I will wait on. I am bound to buy more books throughout the year. It's kind of impulsive for me. I have an addiction to books and information. Even if I don't get to the book immediately, I am glad that it is still there. But I am going to give serious effort to reading what I have. I have so much love for the Amazon Marketplace. I am a fan of used books. I think I found a liking for them in college. Used always means cheaper. There's also that chance that your books will be marked, too. The history of individual books can be interesting. I also really like using Powells. I also recently picked up some books from Overstock.com. I'm not sure what compelled me to check them, but they had a good selection of what I was looking for too. Their prices also beat Amazon's. Another cool thing about Overstock: they take Paypal. That's always a great thing in my book.

This is just the start of my list. I'll be editing it with links and to be alphabetical later. All I did right now was gather up my books and start writing down titles and authors.

Reading List for 2010 )
writerfangirl: ([light the way])
Despite not having posted about any of my recent writing stuffs, I am making preparations--as well as doing actions--to make 2010 a major writing year. For Christmas, my mom is giving me a book that contains 365 prompts, with prompts tailored to the specific day. I'm very excited about starting that up. In the mean time, since December 1st, I have been writing three pages a day, the Morning Pages that Julia Cameron talks about in her books, most notably The Artist's Way. I was reading The Writing Diet: Write Yourself Right Size, but I have yet to finish it. I started quite a few other books that way, too. I am making January 1st be the day I start the bulk of these things. I have made some minor starts, but really throwing myself into it is going to come January 1st. After getting excited about reading The Writing Diet, I bought her The Artist's Way. I may start that up on January 1st too. I'm aiming to read 100 books through '10, like I planned a few years ago. I think I have 100 books already that I wanna read. Books that are hiding around under my bed, and in my cabinet, and a few bookshelves. I have books coming out of my ears over here.

My big plan for 2010 is taking part in the [livejournal.com profile] getyourwordsout comm. And they really want you to get your words out. There are multiple tiers of writing. I went for the moderate level of 250,000 words. I have a whole year to write that. 50k is strictly for NaNo, so I have 11 other months to write 200k. Doesn't seem impossible if I actually stick to writing on a daily, or near daily, basis. I've written 74 pages this month alone. At 250 words a page, that's 18,500 words for the month of December. That's well above the average number of words (18,181) I'll have to write a month in 2010. So if I were to focus and write more words a day, complete entries on a daily basis, work on new projects, I can achieve 250k without many difficulties. I'm really looking forward to attempting this project. I tried to sign at the start of 2009, but I had missed the cut-off date: Dec. 31st, 2008. If you wanna attempt it with me, you have until the 31st of this year to sign up. I hope some of you take this writing challenge up with me. I would love to compare notes with you.


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