1000 Month

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I read a lot. No, seriously. A LOT. I’m about halfway through an MFA program that requires me to read ten books a month. I read a poem, a short story, and an essay everyday for The 1000 Day MFA, which is my own baby. I read at least one writing craft book and one business book a month. So, that’s roughly three books a week, plus 30 poems, 30 short stories, and 30 essays a month — all required reading. I have latitude. I get to pick which books, poems, short stories, and essays I read. I love all of that reading. Really. Sometimes I can’t believe that I’ve managed to build a life that involves so much reading. But there’s no space there for just pure pleasure reading. I was feeling the loss. I wanted to read something that was just for me. I wanted to read what I wanted to read, goddammit. …show more content…

— George R.R. Martin Translation: Pleasure reading connects you to humanity, expands your universe, AND keeps your brain sharp. So, here’s what I did to incorporate pure pleasure reading back into my life: The 10 minutes of a fiction reading a day in the WRITER Framework (you know, the 10 minutes I was already blowing away like a hard sneeze)? I decided that instead of just marking that off as done X 10, I’d dedicate those minutes to reading whatever the hell I wanted to read. That equals about one one novel a month. Last month I read Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig. Ten minutes at a time. TMI time: mostly in the bathroom. It was glorious. (Glorious is my 12-year-old daughter’s favorite word. It makes me a little sad that I didn’t have a favorite word when I was twelve.) Ten whole minutes of reading that didn’t have to go into an annotated bibliography and wasn’t designed to teach me

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