|3. A Room of One's Own: Virginia Woolf|
Virginia Woolf is one of those authors that had been on my To Read list for so many years, you know, a serious writer to name drop. I even had a few of her novels on my bookshelf, that I’d snapped up at charity shops over the years, to show my earnest intentions.
On one work commute I downloaded A Room of One's Own as it was a practical book about writing, instead of a novel. It was so absorbing I just read it in a day or so (no mean feat when you're a Mum and an employee). I was intrigued by her world, a very male-oriented environment, and the history she conveys (the book was based on a talk she was asked to give in 1928, a time when women had only had the right to vote for 10 years).
I also liked the idea that a woman only needed a room of one’s own and a yearly income of £500 in order to write.
Thanks to an online inflation calculator I reckoned that meant, last August, I needed a room of my own and a yearly income of £22,000.
Well, I don’t earn anywhere near that (yet), and will barely pull in £500 a year from my first year of writing, but it was a pivotal moment to make me think beyond the nonsense of needing a bunch of 'stuff'...although I adore stationery shopping - Paperchase in September! – it is a bit of a distraction from writing at times.
After reading this book I took time to work out financially what I needed to do to be happy in the room of my own, and that became my saving goal.
It also turns out that I write better on the sofa in front of a muted TV than I do in a spare room with all the writing implements I’ve gathered over the years!
|4. Christine Rice: Freelance Writing Guide|
After reading I liked the author's style and her practical tips on what to expect in your first year as a freelance writer - this book hit the magical Venn diagram position of 'desirable content' and 'affordable' so I bought the full version.
Incidentally, the Kindle adverts have often directed me to a good read, so don’t let them put you off buying an e-reader with the option for adverts.
Now I think about it I had probably been the kind of customer that kindle publishing author Steve Scott writes about in his book Is $.99 the New Free? - I am more likely to part with my money if the book is a) one that I want and b) as close to £2 as possible, and ideally under £3. Although Rice's book is currently selling at £3.28.
Thankfully, I'm not a rule-follower.
Join me towards the end of next week for details of books 5 and 6, and my post about the debate surrounding Britain's real second city: Manchester or Birmingham. Which do you prefer to shop in?
I'm off to prepare the house for Bank Holiday visitors and then pack for next weekend's double-city shopping break, do let me know any 'finds' you have to share about either city!