Today we’re going to start our Literary Citizens unit. Over the next several days, we’ll talk about the three R’s of literary citizenship:
1. READING (Thursday)
This is the #1 most important part of being a literary citizen. You must read.
- It is good for your craft, as we practiced with our mentor texts.
- It is good for your connection to other readers and writers out there in the world.
But one problem with reading is that we often all tend to read the same thing. To be a literary citizen, we need to read NEW stuff and we need to read BROADLY.
We’ll talk about what that looks like in more detail in class.
2. RELATING (Friday)
Writers need to build a community of fellow writers they trust:
- Writing Professionals
3. RECOMMENDING/REVIEWING (Friday)
- The bookternet
- Commercial Site
- Social Media
…and then we’ll talk money (Monday)
It usually comes up when we talk about the three R’s: “Why should I buy a book? I can get it for free online. Authors make a crapton of money anyhow.” Let me call BS on that. Take a look at these breakdowns from Shannon Hale, a bestselling children’s author:
- Authors make “mincemeat“
- The Nitty Gritty on Authors, Signings, and Filthy Lucre
- T.S. Eliot Paid Taxes Too