Unlock the Muse – May 2, 2018

Happy May! Camp NaNoWriMo is over again (until July!) and I reached my goal of 25,000 words. Plus, I finished one of the two middle grade novels I was working on, so I count the venture a success.

Your writing prompt this week:

Assign yourself a certain time to write. Write during that time.

Between a full time job and taking kiddos to soccer practice three nights a week plus games on Saturdays, finding a regular time to write is difficult. It is often after the boys are in bed that I have time for writing. For that reason, I will set my writing time at 9:30-10:00 p.m. each day this week. What time will you write?

I’m between writing craft books again, and I just don’t know which one I want to read next. So, I need your help. Which of these books should I read next?

1. The 3 A.M. Ephiphany: Uncommon Writing Exercises That Transform Your Fiction, by Brian Kiteley

This book has been on my shelf for I can’t remember how long. Several years, I’m sure. On the back cover, it says: “Open the book, select an exercise, and give it a try. It’s just what you need to draft refreshing new fiction, discover bold new insights, and explore what it means to be a writer.”

2. Zen in the Art of Writing, by Ray Bradbury

I haven’t had this book long, but I’ve wanted to read it for quite awhile. In this collection of essays by one of sci-fi’s greatest, Bradbury “shares his wisdom and enthusiasm for writing as he examines a lifetime of creating and composing scores of stories, novels, plays, poems, films, television programs, and musicals.”

3. The Writing Life, by Annie Dillard

I’ve only just picked this one up, but it’s been around for awhile. More of a memoir than a writing craft book, in this “surprising narrative, Annie Dillard describes the working life of a writer. These are vivid and ironic encounters at a desk.”

So, what should it be? Which one would you choose? Let me know in the comments below.

The question of the month for May is this: Who do you write for? Who is your audience?

Maybe you write for that large audience, the YA fiction fans, or the readers of cozy mysteries. Maybe you write for your children, or your parents, or your significant other. Or maybe you’re just writing for yourself. Regardless of who you write for, make it the best you possibly can!

Happy writing!

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