My intention for my One Little Word, FINISH, is to finish the current draft of my novel manuscript. It’s been in a drawer for months, which is an important editing step if you want to be able to look at your work with fresh eyes. And I’m going to be honest: there’s not much to salvage. I’ve been working through some of the problems the book has in my head for the past six months, and what’s in my head barely represents what’s on paper anymore. This means that the final product will be better, but it also means that I in no way shape or form will have a finished draft by the end of the month.
So instead of finishing, I’m restarting. And that’s just fine. But I’m also giving myself a side assignment while I work, which is to re-read some of my favorite books. I’m taking notes as I go, and I’m going to write short (private) essays about each of them. I feel like these authors are the best company as I try to work out the kind of writer I want to be.
Here are all of the books currently on my nightstand:
House of Leaves (October 2014)
I have no idea how long this is going to take, but I know I’ll be in good company. What are your favorites?
Edited: For shame! Looking through my books without thinking made me forget some of my VERY favorites. Among these, my absolute favorite book, The Little Prince. I also didn’t include a few favorites that I have no intention of rereading right now, such as The Lord of the Rings (December 2014) .