I have pitched my MA thesis project, and I now have a mentor! This is good news. She’s published more than a dozen books in various genres, she’s well-read, she has a similar writing process to mine, and she also happens to be an 8th-grade English teacher. I think she’ll help me out a lot. Can’t wait to get started!
(So, naturally, I didn’t wait. I drafted my first 300 words last night.)
Beginning Monday I’ll be drafting 2500 words a week, as well as reading a book and writing a response essay every week or two. Below is the reading list my mentor and I have come up with so far. Click on a book link if you’d like to join me in the reading!
- Horror Writer’s Association – On Writing Horror
- Norman Mailer, The Spooky Art
- Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing
- Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird
- Robert McKee, Story
- Christopher Vogler, The Writer’s Journey
- Sol Stein, Stein on Writing
- Rayne Hall, Writing Dark Stories
MODELS FOR STUDENT:
DEFINED: In this category, students will be guided to read those creative works that model in either structure or content the kind of project the student is trying to write.
- Ovid, Metamorphoses
- Horace Walpole, The Castle of Otranto
- Clive Barker, Cabal
- John Gardner, Grendel
- Raymond Carver, Cathedral
- Kazuo Ishiguro, The Buried Giant
- Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
- Ray Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes
- William Peter Blatty, The Exorcist
- S. Le Fanu, “Green Tea”
- Edgar Allan Poe, The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Tales
Looks fun, right? I’m excited. And nervous. I’m trying to become a better writer, to write better books and deliver them to a wider audience. Will I succeed? I have no idea. All I can do is my damnedest.