Signed up for a one-month class that meets once a week in the evenings – “Writing Short Stories”. I took the initiative to kick the “learning” part of this goal into gear by signing up for the class last month and now the class has begun. I was encouraged by the first meeting – I think it will be good.
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For the past three or four weeks, I’ve taken either a Saturday or Sunday morning to drive downtown to have breakfast and work on editing my novel in a large coffee shop/cafe for two or three hours first thing in the morning. I’m really enjoying it – the cafe is beautiful, the music they play is perfect, and I’m always able to find an out-of-the-way booth with a power outlet (not pictured). This cafe is two stories with a balcony, a bunch of couches and easy chairs, etc., and the food is awesome.
I don’t know what this says about “balance”, and it’s not like I don’t write/edit on other days of the week from home, but this is a routine I hope I can keep up indefinitely; it’s an inspiring environment and I love going out to breakfast. :) Just thought I’d share. You’re welcome to come hang with me. ;)
I’ve noticed lately that I’m either consumed by my writing to the detriment of reading and learning, or I’m consumed by my reading to the detriment of my writing. I don’t suppose there’s any harm in alternating focus, but I desperately want to be disciplined about writing going forward, so essentially, I want to do both with some balance.
In 2010 I’m going to make it a point to keep track of the books I read and buy. Also, for fun, I joined LibraryThing.com in case you want to look me up there under the same username. :)