I’ve had very little time for writing over the last few weeks, and no inclination to do anything but climb into bed with a book when the opportunity has presented itself. I get restless when I do not write, and I’ve learnt that these are periods of time when I must read. So I gave myself a mission: to read as many of Doris Lessing’s stories as I could. Lessing’s work has been a tonic for my busy mind, and I credit her for my renewed writing energy this morning.
A good short story is like a fine dining- it’s all about the balance of flavours, the subtle notes and nuances. There must be a good mix of sweet and sour. I’ve just finished the first draft of a short story that I’ve been working on for months. It will need some revision, but I’m pleased to say that I think it is sweet and sour in all the right places.
Thank goodness for writing. I love teaching, but it ‘drains my cup’- writing revives me. It’s nice to be back.
Great to hear you’re back! Glad you’ve been reading—it’s nearly as good as writing! xx
“Mrs Fortescue”, “To Room Seventeen”, and “Flight” are the ones I remember most vividly. Have you encountered them yet? And “The Golden Notebook” is a proud member of my personal novel canon.
I guess I’ll have to read some Doris Lessing!