Chris Brogan had an interesting idea recently to go on a three book diet for the year.
The idea was simple and appealing; commit to three books for the entire year, read and re-read them, and try to really get something out of them instead of just consuming, discarding, and forgetting.
I’ve been thinking about it since his original post in November, but I already knew I couldn’t commit to it.
I was looking through the books I’ve read this year (some that I started over the holiday but finished last week) and I already have a list of seven.
He recently posted that he had to give up the “diet,” which is understandable, but I still like the idea and have thought about applying it to writing books this year. You know, picking three of the best and actually working through all the suggestions and prompts they give to see if any of it works for me?
Assuming you could stick to this diet, which three books on craft would you choose for the year?
I have a few in mind, but I’d appreciate your suggestions, especially if you’ve found the best book on editing ever written.
Speaking of editing, how many of you work with writing partners or critique groups?
How do you find them?
Do you have to be social, make friends, and ask if someone wants to be your writing partner?