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30 Days of Reading Challenge

Carina Sitkus

At work, we hold creative coffee meetings once a month where we get together and discuss design, writing, and other projects related to —  you guessed it —  creativity! (At this meeting we also eat bagels.) 

This month, we’re doing the 30 day challenge as a team. Well, we’re picking our own 30 day challenge and reporting back what happens. Habits are built by doing something repeatedly over time, so the idea is to just jump right in and start doing, and eventually 30 days becomes 60 days and then before you know it you are closer to a goal…or at least a better, more productive person than before you started. 

I already read a lot — if I had to give up everything but one thing, reading would be my one thing — but I’m not great at forcing myself to read things I wouldn’t ordinarily read. One of my goals for 2016 also happens to be to get published in a literary journal, so I’ve decided to make a conscious commitment to read more literary journals. 

Here’s my 30-day challenge to myself:

Read one short story/poem/piece — preferably from a literary magazine — per day, for 30 days.

 

I recently received a free copy of Flash in the Attic, so that’s on my list. I will also be reading the spring issue of The Gettysburg Review and possibly some short stories from the 2011 edition of The Best American Short Stories. Hippocampus Magazine and Ploughshares are also on my list. Any other recommendations?

I'll be sure to follow-up and let you know how it's going. If you'd like to join, let me know. Maybe we can set up a Facebook group or something. 


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An Interview With Paul Cantor, Music Producer and Writer

Carina Sitkus

Like some of the CCP's other interviewees, I came across Paul Cantor's writing on Medium. Cantor, a former editor at AOL Music, is now a music producer and writer whose work has appeared in places like Rolling Stone, Billboard, MTV News, and many, many other places. In addition to being a prolific writer, Cantor is also a tweet machine, with over 114K tweets and 11.2K followers. 

Below, I ask him more about his work, advice for pitching and getting writing assignments, about interviewing technique, and his philosophy on social media. 

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How I Stay Organized in my Writing and Work

Carina Sitkus

A year or so ago, I wrote about how I make time to write, even if it's just jotting down disjointed thoughts as they come to me,  but I’ve never shared the ins and outs of how I stay organized. Organization is important for anyone, but I think it's especially important for writers who freelance for multiple clients and/or work full-time on top of having a writing career. 

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Publish Your Work

Carina Sitkus

Curiosity Never Killed the Writer is quickly becoming my favorite passion project by far. It looks like readers and writers love it, too; we're now up to 3.8K followers! Wowza!

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Your New Year’s Resolutions Are Setting You Up for Failure

Carina Sitkus

This morning I was watching the Kathie Lee & Hoda show (vacation), and they had a segment all about the food you need to eat before you start eating well on New Year’s day. Here’s why it bothered me and why it should bother you: The moment you give yourself permission to put something off, what you’re really telling yourself is that it’s not important.

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Celebrating the end of NaNoWriMo

Carina Sitkus

I'm marking the end of NaNoWrimo in the same way I marked its beginning: with a Narativ podcast. 

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CCP Featured in Narativ Podcast About NaNoWriMo

Carina Sitkus

Jeffrey Yamaguchi from Narativ invited a few writers to talk about National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), and I was thrilled to be one of them! 

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An Interview With Medium's Julie Russell

Carina Sitkus

I'm so excited about this interview with Medium's head of IT, Julie Russell. I met Julie online through her NaNoWriMo publication on Medium, and then we got the chance to meet in person during my trip to the San Francisco Medium office. For those of you who have read all of my (many) posts about how much I love Medium, you know how awesome that was for me. 

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