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Last time I got this from the library, I didn't read it all the way through. He says a lot of the same things that others say -- write millions of words just to learn how; write about what scares you, what you fear, what you love; just write without thinking. I don't agree with him about a lot of things -- for example, I can't just stick two (or more) characters together and get a story out of it. He strongly believes that plot should not be -- isn't -- something that happens before a story is written. Perhaps for him, it is not. At times, he seems to acknowledge that his way of working works for him but may not for others; at others, he seems to want everyone to do things his way. I suppose that's fair, in a collection of essays written decades apart. I am not the same person I was ten or twenty years ago; how could I expect him not to have changed over the same span of time?

I think the collection is worth reading, even if one doesn't agree with him. I enjoyed his poetry. I loved his description of typing the first draft of Fahrenheit 451 in the basement of the library, at a dime per half hour. And I do agree with him on something -- we are each of us unique, and the best thing we can do is tell our story, from who we are. I may not agree with him on all the nuances, but that much, I do believe.

. . . and that brings me to my goal for the year. Oh, I'm going to keep reading -- can't imagine not doing so -- but it's good to see that I am averaging a little more than a book a week over the course of the year. Wonder if I dare try to push it to 2 per week next year?

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Erin's 2010 reading [View all] , Erin_M_H, Tue Dec-15-09 08:55 PM
  1. The Career Novelist, by Donald Maass, Erin_M_H, Jan 03rd 2010, #1
2. Destroyer of Worlds, Larry Niven and Edward Lerner, Erin_M_H, Jan 13th 2010, #2
RE: 2. Destroyer of Worlds, Larry Niven and Edward Lern..., chanpheng, Feb 12th 2010, #6
      RE: 2. Destroyer of Worlds, Larry Niven and Edward Lern..., Erin_M_H, Feb 12th 2010, #7
           RE: 2. Destroyer of Worlds, Larry Niven and Edward Lern..., chanpheng, Feb 15th 2010, #8
3. The Burning Bridge, by John Flanagan, Erin_M_H, Jan 17th 2010, #3
4. Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days by Alastair Reynolds, Erin_M_H, Jan 21st 2010, #4
5. Pushing Ice, by Alastair Reynolds, Erin_M_H, Jan 28th 2010, #5
6. Leviathan, by Scott Westerfeld, Erin_M_H, Feb 15th 2010, #9
7. Metatropolis, by all my favorite newish SF authors, Erin_M_H, Feb 15th 2010, #10
8. Norse Code, by Greg van Eekhout, Erin_M_H, Feb 16th 2010, #11
9. Solomon Kane, by Robert E. Howard, Erin_M_H, Feb 28th 2010, #12
10. Mean Streets, urban fantasy anthology, Erin_M_H, Mar 04th 2010, #13
11. The Icebound Land, by John Flanagan, Erin_M_H, Mar 09th 2010, #14
12. The Mote in God's Eye, by Larry Niven and Jerry Pou..., Erin_M_H, Mar 23rd 2010, #15
13. The Unnatural Inquirer, by Simon R. Green, Erin_M_H, Mar 26th 2010, #16
14. Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians, by Brandon San..., Erin_M_H, Mar 27th 2010, #17
15. Just Another Judgement Day, by Simon R. Green, Erin_M_H, Mar 28th 2010, #18
16. The Nimble Man, by Christopher Golden and Thomas Sn..., Erin_M_H, Apr 04th 2010, #19
17. Small Favors, by Jim Butcher, Erin_M_H, Apr 07th 2010, #20
RE: 17. Small Favors, by Jim Butcher, tianne, Apr 19th 2010, #23
      RE: 17. Small Favors, by Jim Butcher, Erin_M_H, Apr 20th 2010, #24
18. The Quilter's Legacy, by Jennifer Chiaverini, Erin_M_H, Apr 09th 2010, #21
19. Alcatraz versus the Scrivener's Bones, by Brandon S..., Erin_M_H, Apr 17th 2010, #22
20. On Writing, by Stephen King, Erin_M_H, Apr 20th 2010, #25
21. Hunting Ground, by Patricia Briggs, Erin_M_H, Apr 21st 2010, #26
RE: 21. Hunting Ground, by Patricia Briggs, bonnieann, May 02nd 2010, #29
      RE: 21. Hunting Ground, by Patricia Briggs, Erin_M_H, May 02nd 2010, #30
           RE: 21. Hunting Ground, by Patricia Briggs, summersami, May 12th 2010, #35
22. The Life-Eaters, by David Brin and Scott Hampton, Erin_M_H, Apr 26th 2010, #27
23. Something from the Nightside, by Simon R. Green, Erin_M_H, Apr 30th 2010, #28
24. Vanished, by Kat Richardson, Erin_M_H, May 09th 2010, #31
25. Bone Crossed, by Patricia Briggs, Erin_M_H, May 12th 2010, #32
26. Vane Pursuit, by Charlotte MacLeod, Erin_M_H, May 12th 2010, #33
27. The New Year's Quilt, by Jennifer Chiaverini, Erin_M_H, May 12th 2010, #34
28. Battle for Skandia, by John Flanagan, Erin_M_H, May 15th 2010, #36
29. Alcatraz vs. the Knights of Crystallia, by Brandon ..., Erin_M_H, May 17th 2010, #37
30. The Lover's Knot, by Clare O'Donohue, Erin_M_H, May 18th 2010, #38
31. How to Write a Damn Good Mystery, by James N. Frey, Erin_M_H, May 19th 2010, #39
32. Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell, Erin_M_H, May 31st 2010, #40
33. The Gettysburg Approach to Writing & Speaking like ..., Erin_M_H, Jun 04th 2010, #41
34. The Sorcerer of the North, by John Flanagan, Erin_M_H, Jun 04th 2010, #42
35. Changes, by Jim Butcher, Erin_M_H, Jun 10th 2010, #43
36. Silver Borne, by Patricia Briggs, Erin_M_H, Jun 12th 2010, #44
37. From Hell With Love, by Simon R. Green, Erin_M_H, Jun 17th 2010, #45
38. The God Engines, by John Scalzi, Erin_M_H, Jun 26th 2010, #46
39. Hard Magic, by Laura Anne Gilman, Erin_M_H, Jul 08th 2010, #47
40. The Siege of Macindaw, by John Flanagan, Erin_M_H, Jul 08th 2010, #48
41. Beauty and the Bastard, by David Bridger, Erin_M_H, Aug 23rd 2010, #49
42. The Red Pyramid, by Rick Riordan, Erin_M_H, Aug 23rd 2010, #50
43. Smashwords Book Marketing Guide, by Mark Coker, Erin_M_H, Sep 01st 2010, #51
44. The Genie King, by Tony Abbott, Erin_M_H, Sep 01st 2010, #52
45. The Fuller Memorandum, by Charles Stross, Erin_M_H, Sep 04th 2010, #53
46. Blood Rites, by Jim Butcher, Erin_M_H, Sep 20th 2010, #54
47. Labyrinth, by Kat Richardson, Erin_M_H, Oct 12th 2010, #55
48. The War of Art, by Stephen Pressfield, Erin_M_H, Oct 31st 2010, #56
49. Kraken, by China Mieville, Erin_M_H, Nov 14th 2010, #57
RE: Erin's 2010 reading, bpratt, Nov 18th 2010, #58
RE: Erin's 2010 reading, Erin_M_H, Nov 18th 2010, #59
50. Zen in the Art of Writing, by Ray Bradbury, Erin_M_H, Nov 19th 2010 #60
RE: 50. Zen in the Art of Writing, by Ray Bradbury, bpratt, Dec 05th 2010, #63
51. Cryoburn, by Lois McMaster Bujold, Erin_M_H, Nov 27th 2010, #61
RE: 51. Cryoburn, by Lois McMaster Bujold, tianne, Dec 09th 2010, #64
      RE: 51. Cryoburn, by Lois McMaster Bujold, Erin_M_H, Dec 09th 2010, #65
           RE: 51. Cryoburn, by Lois McMaster Bujold, tianne, Dec 09th 2010, #66
                RE: 51. Cryoburn, by Lois McMaster Bujold, Erin_M_H, Dec 09th 2010, #67
52. Shades of Milk and Honey, by Mary Robinette Kowal, Erin_M_H, Dec 05th 2010, #62
53. Side Jobs, by Jim Butcher, Erin_M_H, Dec 26th 2010, #68

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