I seem to be spending more and more time reading about writing than actually writing. I just bought some (more) books by what I like to call writers’ writers on writing and writing screenplays and I’m still reading Ernest Hemingway On Writing and On Writing by Stephen King and also a book by a writer but not a book-writer per se but a TV-writer (Sex and the City, et al) and article writer, Cindy Chupack and I love them all so much I am reading them at the same time and not writing much and getting confused trying to remember whether or not it was Hemingway who wrote about women taking up all of the sink space with their bathroom items.
I am also really excited about the release of Kelly Oxford’s Everything is Perfect When You’re a Liar because for some reason I view her as a writer’s writer even though she doesn’t particularly write for writers. Maybe it was her public rise via Twitter, I don’t know. I can’t off the top of my head think of another writer who rose to famedom in front of our very eyes (feel free to set me straight) as that usually only happens with actors, singers (X-Factor, Idol) or nothings (Kardashians) so maybe it was about time it happened to a writer. 1. She had a dream to write. 2. She wrote. 3. She thought it into action. 4. She made it. I’m 1, 2 and halfway through 3.
I want to say that I am a big fan of Kelly’s, but I won’t go into one until I read the book and can cement my fandom. She’s not on Wikipedia yet I would like to add, so it’s still early enough for anyone who wants to jump on the “I ❤ Kelly” bandwagon. To date, I’m liking what I’m reading and admit I wouldn’t pass up the offer of reading her shopping-list.
Unlike my unnamed* writing buddy who does not like to read much (insert spanking here), I love to read everything from the usual to labels on food packaging, receipts, flyers, comments under YouTube videos and Instagram pictures and don’t get me started on Clumsy Thumbsies; I can read those all day. Reading is writer food. Recently I’ve taken to giving up my evening episode watching to catch up on my books otherwise it’s never gonna happen, what with the day job and all.
I’ll leave you with the word of the day: Wrreiatde (that’s “read” and “write” meshed together).
Love and HNY all around
*Sorry for outing you, Dave.
P.S. On a scale of one to ten, what level of nerddom it is when you’ve arranged to go for after-work drinks but plan to quickly down your pint like a trucker so that you can go home to continue reading The Between Boyfriends Book? A ‘friend’ of mine wants to know.
P.P.S. Fun Fact: The word “write” (in any form) can be found 24 times in this post, which is also my birth date. Yes, that made my day too.