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Fuel for Writers

I’ll begin with a huge generalization that I believe is hugely true

Writers Reading Fuel

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Life is a writer’s fuel…

Notwithstanding that rather large truth (and realizing that there are truths within Truth), I said in a past post (about stealing time to read…):

“I’ve been reading lately to maintain my WriterlyMind—reading is what trained me for writing…

“This means taking the time to read whole novels…”

And, while reading novels or novellas or short stories or microfiction or poetry provides Fuel for the WriterlyMind, articles and essays can also provide propellants

Consider the non-profit magazine, Aeon.

Even though I can’t agree with every opinion of every writer in that magazine, they all can fuel writing prompts…

From their AboutPage:

“Aeon is a digital magazine of ideas and culture. Since September 2012 we have been publishing some of the most profound and provocative thinking on the web. We ask the big questions and find the freshest, most original answers, provided by leading thinkers on science, philosophy, society and the arts.”

Next, from Jane Friedman‘s blog, the article, The Best Literary Fiction Blogs & Websites ( Be sure to go read what she says about each of these sources of WriterlyFuel ):



Electric Literature

The Rumpus

The Millions

The Paris Review blog

3 a.m. Magazine

The Nervous Breakdown


Vol. 1 Brooklyn

And, if you go to the full article on Jane’s blog, you’ll find two WriterlyFuel Bonus Sites :-)
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3 responses to “Fuel for Writers

  1. Chaz DeSimone January 9, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    Alexander, so true! And just as a writer must read to fuel his creativity, so must an artist visit galleries and periodicals. Otherwise a style develops that loses its edge. And yes, of course, life itself is an inspiration both to writer and artist – anecdotes and situations for the writer, and flowers, buildings and even trash heaps for the artist. Happy New Year, Friend.

    PS I recall you once told me you like to discover stuff that’s interesting & fun. Did you read my latest piece about Arm & Hammer, in which the story goes that the tycoon Armand Hammer purchased stock in the company for his namesake? My kind of guy!


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