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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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What Do Readers Really Want . . . ?

Apart from my fiction, I write about writing, itself, as well as publishing and reading.

If we want to be realistic about those three roles, reading is the most primary, with writing rendering what’s read, and publishing smack in the middle.

So, it would seem that surveying readers would be a major concern of writers and publishers.

Do you think it is?

I try to maintain a balance among those three roles in this blog and, since I’ve been writing about publishing the last few days, here are a few posts about readers I feel are important: Genre Reconsidered ~ Reader-Driven Fiction, How Can Authors Find Readers?, and It’s Simple. They’re Gone Reading :-)

I want to make this post and its comments into a survey. We’ll use a list from an article on BookRiot called, The 7 Things Readers Want from Publishing.

Help me out. Find the things on the list that you as a reader want and put the numbers in a comment. If you want to add other things you want not on the list, great! And, if you want to add your reasons for the things you want as a reader, wonderful :-)

1. “Readers want there to be choice: romance, technical manuals, memoir, children’s, fantasy, thriller, literary fiction and on and on.”

2. “Not only do readers want choice, but they also want those choices to be good.”

3. “Readers want reading to be affordable.”

4. “Readers want to be able to find things they are interested in. This means both genres they are already familiar with and exploration.”

5. “Readers want to be able to get something to read as easily as possible.”

6. “Readers want to enjoy the experience both of reading books and of purchasing them.”

7. “Readers want reading to fit into their lives easily.”

Looking forward to what you think………
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