It’s five months into 2018 and I’m adding onto my resolutions list.
Over the years, reading and writing have become means to achieving a good grade. The fun aspect of creating stories and reading for leisure have, unfortunately, long since escaped me. And because of this, I have found that I haven’t had many outlets for stress relief.
One of the things that used to bring me the most joy was reading. It didn’t always start out that way, however. My mom would force me to pick up books and read through them. I begrudgingly would, until the story captivated me and dragged me in. But despite working in a library, I often find it embarassing when I get asked for book recommendations because… I haven’t read anything, in a leisurely manner, since 11th grade. Which is roughly three years now.
Summer Books to Read
- American Gods by Neil Gaiman
- The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
- Doctor Sleep by Stephen King
- The Road by Cormac McCarthy
- It by Stephen King
- Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okarfor
- Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
- On the Beach by Nevil Shute
- The Sandman by Neil Gaiman
- Ashfall by Mike Mullin
The other forty books that I’m hoping to read by the time that 2019. rules in are undecided, but they’ll probably be equally composed of Renaissance plays and contemporary YA novels. (For someone as detached from contemporary pop culture, forcing myself to finally read some books like the hunger games or ______ could be really useful.)
In April, I pushed myself to write. And I wrote around 14,000 words, spread out between several short stories. Only one of these stories had a semi-vague, not completely fleshed out storyline. The others were spontaneous and forced me to write without any plan in mind. And with my small collection of words, I am motivated to flesh out several outlines over this Summer in order for me to have a very rough draft for NaNo in November.
And tips and motivation for editting, developing plot and world for my nano stories.