Reading With Intent

Toni Morrison has said that she started reading very different once she started writing for a living. Books she already loved revealed themselves in a different way when she read them with a writer’s eye. I think it’s important to share what I’m reading because the act of grappling with other people’s art is a crucial part of my writing process. To understand the books I read and return to is to understand (in part) what I seek to accomplish in my own work. So, here are some of the books I’ve been reading in the last few weeks.

Writing With Intent by Margaret Atwood

Unlocking the Mysteries of Birth & Death by Daisaku Ikeda

The Complete Poems: 1927-1979 by Elizabeth Bishop

The Complete Poems of Hart Crane

Three Steps on the Ladder of Writing by Helene Cixous

Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

A Hunger by Lucie Brock-Broido


One response to “Reading With Intent

  1. trying to somehow get close to doing what the writers you admire are doing is part of the wonder of really developing as a writer 🙂

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