Yesterday in #DIYMFA chat, the subject came up of reading as a warm-up to writing and the idea really seemed to resonate with a lot of people in the chat. With that in mind, I thought today we could talk about literature that inspires us and puts us in that writing mood.
But first, I wanted to tell you all of a great tool I've been learning about. It's called Goodreads. Sort of like Facebook--but a lot cooler--Goodreads allows you to follow friends and get updates on what they're reading, what they thought about it and what books they recommend.
Personally, I haven't really started to scratch the surface of what Goodreads offers, but I Love reading list function. You can put books on your to-be-read list and mark them off as you read them. There's even a 2011 reading challenge (for which I'm totally behind schedule!) that tracks how many books you read this year. If anyone happens to be a Goodreads expert, please feel free to add more tips in the comments because I feel like this is such a great online community but I've only begun to explore its many benefits.
If you are on Goodreads (or you happen to join), please feel free to friend me (Gabriela Pereira--you'll recognize me because I'm the only person on Goodreads with an iggi as a profile pic).
As for today, I'd like to hear about what you read. What snippet of literature puts you in the mood to write? For me, it's a poem. In fact, this poem always helps me see the lighter side of writing (and receiving criticism) so I like to read it as a warm-up when I'm feeling stressed-out by a writing project. This poem makes me giggle and helps me not take myself too seriously. After all, writing should be fun or else why do it, right?
Here's the poem that inspires me: Workshop by Billy Collins
Homework: Please share in the comments a snippet of something you've read that has inspired you or helped put you in the writing mood. Let's inspire one another to write by sharing the literature that we love. If it's a short quote, you can tweet it too. Because literature that awesome can't be kept to oneself; you have to share it with the world. Write on!