– Advice

From Sara, Grace’s reading teacher who is tutoring her over the summer:

Read one book at a time.

From Hal Blythe and Charlie Sweet, who published a fascinating and enjoyable article, “The Writing Community: A New Model for the Creative Writing Classroom,” in the Spring 2008 issue of Pedagogy:

… To write like a professional, the writer will craft two works simultaneously (319).

These practices are an inversion of what I normally do: read two or three books at a time, and write one piece at a time.

Interestingly, I am having an easier time sticking to Blythe and Sweet’s advice than I am to Sara’s. I agree with Grace: it’s hard to finish one book when you’re dying to read another.

2 thoughts on “– Advice

  1. Blythe and Sweet’s advice makes sense to me. I could probably work on any two projects at once and I’d find it energizing. The right combination of three projects might work well, too.

    I agree with Grace, too. I can’t imagine reading only one book at a time. I’m sure I juggle too many books at once, not finishing many of them, but I probably wouldn’t finish some of those books anyway. Some books I just don’t enjoy, and I read too slowly to devote all of my attention to them.

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