Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

Three quick things.

1. After a few weeks’ hiatus, my writing accountability partner and I have resumed our practice of exchanging weekly intentions. It’s making a difference.

2. An indication of the above: I’ve actually targeted some resources to focus on as I (finally!) begin immersing myself in a kind of self-study course in writing for kids. I’m beginning with these eight articles and this webinar (thank you, Highlights Foundation!).

3. I don’t know about you, but my calendar continues to fill up with online lectures, readings, and discussions. Today, for instance, I’m tuning in to another session of “Keep Calm and Read On,” in which librarian Lisa Silverman will facilitate a discussion of a classic (and yet, somehow new to me) short story titled “Address Unknown.” Perfect for Short Story Month (which, yes, is happening NOW).

an open spiral notebook with a pen resting on a blank page, plus a text label that reads, "Midweek Notes."

5 thoughts on “Midweek Notes from a Practicing Writer

  1. Erika,
    A few years ago I ran a group called Goal Buddies. It got so popular that it got too big to be useful. Your post inspires me to find just one accountability partner, particularly as the semester and my PhD coursework come to a close and I may have more time for my own projects.
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Barbara

    1. Erika Dreifus says:

      Good luck!

  2. Pessa Finn says:

    A particularly pertinent short story for these days is Ray Bradbury’s “The Fruit at the Bottom of the Bowl”. It encapsulates the experience of trying to clean up after what we might have touched. The story goes to the extreme which is how we sometimes feel.
    Thank you for your interesting and useful posts.

  3. Short story month, but I am writin the long story. I am writing my fourth screenplay for movies. Two were about the Holocaust in Poland. Third was about brave famous Polish soldier, partisan Hubal (Very crazy man). And one week ago I began writing script about bandits in Russia year 1918. After Revolution 1917 it was a chaos at train stations and on the trains. Are the movies a collections of short stories?

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