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Practical insights for writers from Jessica P Morrell

The books I reread form a scaffold for my time

Written By: Jessica Morrell - Oct• 05•22

“The books I reread form a scaffold for my time and also a scaffold for my thoughts. I reread to mark the progression of my own thoughts, to agree or disagree with a sentence or passage, to further a conversation begun in the previous reading. Sometimes–this is rare though it happens–rereading does come to a natural ending. About ten years I reread every single book written by Turgenof, whom I read first when I was twelve, and after that I knew I would not return to his work for serious rereading.” ~ Yiyun Li from Literary Hub column on Writing Advice (The Best and the Bad)

Do you reread your favorite books? I do, though I’ve stopped rereading The Great Gatsby.

And isn’t this a gorgeous¬† cover? Li has written six novels, a memoir, and teaches at Princeton. I’m about to order at least one of her books–The Book of Goose is definetly a contender. I’m so intrigued, aren’t you?

Autumn has arrived in the Pacific Northwest. So far, goose flocks haven’t been honking overhead, but flowers are fading, the sky is becoming moodier, and moonlight somehow is more soothing, and even when there are no mists, mornings can feel misty. It’s Indian Summer weather and I’m still picking tomatoes, but I’m also starting to tuck away the garden. This requires digging up and moving plants, some rather large. I have more plants to move indoors than I have windows, but I’m looking forward to the crowding and the greens. And I’m so anticipating the burnished weeks ahead.

I’m going to share some thoughts on NaNoWriMo in weeks ahead.

Keep writing, keep dreaming, have heart

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