On Wednesday, we talked about casting a wide net in our reading and how we can learn from those writers who came before us. Today, we put those words into action. And guess what, to make this week’s prompt super-easy and fun, I’ve made a special worksheet!
Click the link to download the Reading List Worksheet, print it and fill it out. This will give you a reading list for your DIY MFA, just like you would have if you were in an MFA program and taking a literature seminar. The only difference is that your DIY MFA list will be customized to your specific work-in-progress and the types of books YOU want to study.
Once you’ve created your reading list, set a reading schedule. Maybe you can get through a book or more per week. That’s great! Or maybe one-two books a month is more your pace. That’s fine too. Just be realistic as to how quickly you can get through these books; set a reasonable goal and stick to it. Check books off the list as you read them and in a couple of months, go back to your list, evaluate your progress and update it if necessary.
Once you’ve done all that, there’s only one thing left for you to do: start reading.