A Reading List: for those who wish to become better

  1. Verlyn Klinkenborg Reading
    1. This reading will show you how to make your sentences more powerful by using less words but creating stronger meanings.
    2. “Every word optional until proven useful” (page 12)
  2. “Imag(in)ing the World Now and Then.”
    1. This blip from the blog NO CAPTION NEEDED will help you to blend the past and the present while still keeping the reader’s attention.
    2. “A quiet, restful place, with only the rhythmic sound of the waves beating on the surf, lights perhaps shining from the windows in the buildings lining the beach as a reminder of a living community. But for all of that, it is not just anywhere. It is Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer, France. Seventy years ago this past week it was known as Juno Beach, one of the primary landing zones in the D-Day invasion.“ (NOCAPTIONNEEDED Blog)
  3. “Wisconsin, Monster Capital of America”
    1. This article shows the power of proper nouns, it will explore how essential they are and the impact your work can make if you include them.
    2. ” For millennia, this wild backdrop inspired indigenous people—the Ho Chunk, Algonquians, Mississippians, Fox, Sac, Ojibwe, and others—to tell stories about living cheek by jowl with every monster imaginable” (Linda S Godfrey)
  4. “Where I Go”
    1. This collection of pieces shows the variety of work out there, it will show you that you can still be who you are while also writing for a specific audience. These pieces demonstrate taking a simple place that may mean something to you and being able to find a greater story behind it to draw others in.
    2. This can be seen in the titles of a few articles, “Every Monday I Visit Prisoners at Heathrow” “My Supermarket Doesn’t Love Me” and “A Nuclear Warhead in Suburban Orange County?”
  5. How to Write about Place
    1. This link is a general post about using details that aide the senses specifically, being able to entice sounds, smells, touching, taste, and sight are key to a well-rounded piece.
    2. ” “Landscape is not the passive object of our gaze, but rather a volatile participant…I prefer to take landscape as a collective term for the temperature and pressure of air, the fall of light and its rebounds, the textures and surfaces of rock, soil, and building, the sounds…the scents…and the uncountable other transitory phenomena and atmospheres that together comprise the bristling presence of a particular place at a particular moment.”(Mike Rollin)
  6. How to get a Reader to Care
    1. This piece illustrates many elements to help attract a reader and make them want to continue reading what you are writing.
    2. ” Recognition often creates a bond you can’t find anywhere else. You relate to the character and the lives they lead. You feel for their difficulties. You take comfort in characters knowing that you’ve felt their feelings, too.” (Agent X)
  7. 21 Funny Tips from Authors
    1. This piece is my favorite because it talks about the things no one will teach you in your English class.
    2. “The first draft of everything is shit.”(Ernest Hemingway)
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