Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Started a Book Group: Marginalia!

I was feeling very illiterate because I wasn't making time to read. I was always so caught up in my filmmaking and found it incredibly difficult to read a book from cover to cover and definitely hard to track new writers of fiction and even nonfiction.

So I decided to fix my problem. I started a book group with good friends who actually do take time to read. We call it Marginalia! -- thanks to our crossword guru who always comes up with great words to express himself. 

We are using an excellent Web site: www.goodreads.com to keep track of the books we are reading and we can discuss the books there too. I feel so much smarter now. 

We just finished reading Nicole Krauss' History of Love and while I didn't love it, I feel great having read a strong work of fiction and the opportunity to discuss it's pros and cons.

While it takes time away from my filmmaking work, I know it will help my storytelling skills and make me a more well-rounded creative professional. And who knows? Maybe I'll find a book I'll want to make into a movie! Every experience feeds who you are and who you hope to become.

1 comment:

Sofluid said...

That sounds great Jane!

I'm trying to read more, too. It does take time away from writing but, like you say, it will certainly help with storytelling skills!

Enjoy!