Thursday, December 16, 2010

reading to write

I find myself turning to certain books when I need or want to start writing. Last night I was working on a draft of a short story. When I read it back to myself it felt cold and stilted, not at all the tone I was aiming for. And the story wasn't presenting itself the way I wanted it to. I turned to one of my favorite books The Death of Artemio Cruz by Carlos Fuentes. (I'm partial to the Sam Hileman translation.) When I read Fuentes I want to write. And I wrote. I have a new beginning to the story.

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