After you’ve been blogging for as many years as I have, ever after far fewer years than I have for some people, the activity can get a little stale. About halfway through the TBR Triple Dog Dare, I found myself entering one of those “do I want to keep doing this” phases so many of us go through from time to time.
Do I really want to keep on writing reviews of every book I read?
A couple of years ago, I semi-retired from book blogging. Instead of trying to post every day as I had been doing for many years, I decided to only post when I had something to review knowing full well that my traffic would suffer for it.
So when I found myself wondering, once again, if I wanted to keep on blogging, I had to come up with some way to keep myself interested. I don’t think I want to write full reviews all the time anymore, so what to do?
One thing I often make my students do is to draw their response to what we are reading. It’s something I started doing this year as a result of a series of courses on integrated learning I’ve been taking.
So why not do something like that.
I’ve been keeping a journal of first lines in a little book I made last summer, and I have almost a full shelf of blank books that I’ve made over the years. It’s long been a hobby of mine. So here’s my first sketchbook journal review.
Here’s the first drawing in my sketchbook.
I decided that rather than writing a full review I’d make a list of three. Another thing I have my students do sometimes. This list says punk rock – ensemble cast- time shifts.
Here’s my final sketch. As you can see, I’m marking City on Fire and DNF. I really just am not feeling the flashbacks and backstory narrative stuff this month. Set your story in motion and go forward. If you have to go back and fill us in on what happened before, you’re not doing it right.
At least until I read a book that does it right, which probably won’t be too long from now.
Making these little drawings forced me to really think about the book in a different way, which is the point. I enjoyed it.
I’ll think I’ll do it again.
I’ll work on my handwriting, too.