New Feature: The Story of the Story

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I’ve been thinking more about my plans for reading and blogging this year since I briefly detailed my thoughts for 2018 justbefore the holidays. I’ve already shared the Read My Shelf Challenge, so you’ve seen the list of what I’ll be reading. Now I want to get into some of what I’ll be blogging.

New Feature: The Story of the Story

Introducing: The Story of the Story

There are so many things I love about reading, but one of them has always been the little tidbits of info I pick up outside of the books I love. What—if anything in particular—inspired the author? What’s interesting about them? Did they do anything a little crazy to get the story? How did their plans change as they wrote and edited?

It’s the True Hollywood Story for book nerds.

Not only do I love this info as a reader, but I find it informative and inspiring as a writer. None of these works come fully formed, and almost all have a story of struggle behind them.

As readers, many of us pick up these little tidbits through interviews with authors that we might happen across, or through active searching for the information. Many authors are active on social media or have websites, and they freely share this information.

I would not pretend that I could tell their stories better than the author, or that I’m telling the full story. But I know that not all readers take the time to look into these details, so I’m hoping my articles will be a fun way to find out a little more. I will mention all the sources I use in this series if you’re interested in reading more in-depth interviews or articles.

I’ll be kicking things off next week, but before sharing the first post I wanted to give a little preview of what’s to come and give you a chance to share what you’d like to see in these posts.

The Books

Here are just a few of the books I’m planning to delve into:

  • Everyone Brave Is Forgiven
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • A Little Life
  • The Secret History
  • Beartown
  • Bel Canto

I’ve been having a lot of fun reading more about some of these familiar books, and figuring out how best to share what I learn. You may see several different formats to these articles as I work out the kinks, so please share what you like or don’t like.

In the meantime, I hope you’ll weigh in:

  • What books would you like to see covered in this series?
  • What are some of the things you wonder about your favorite books?
  • How do you like to read this kind of info: article, list, or some combination of both?

Thanks for your thoughts—more to come soon!

New blog feature on Mind Joggle: The Story of the Story. The authors, their inspiration, and what it took to write the books you love.


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  1. I think this feature will be so much fun! Whenever I listen to the podcast What Should I Read Next?, I’ve LOVED hearing the backstory she sometimes shares on some of the titles. It definitely enriches the experience, and as someone who writes myself, it gives me a lot more appreciation for the finished project AND the toil that went into it.

    A cool backstory is with The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, if you’re looking for another great title that a lot of people are familiar with 🙂

    1. Thanks, Torrie! I loved The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society. It’s been a number of years since I read it, but I do recall there was an interesting backstory–great suggestion! I’ll definitely look into it again. I think it would be a good re-read as well.

  2. Love this idea! I just heard about this series and had to come check it out right away. I can’t wait to get started on the ones you’ve already written. (That’s a benefit of starting late – I can jump right in without waiting. haha)

    1. Oh, thank you! Unfortunately, the series didn’t pan out to as many posts as I had hoped this past year (only two), but one of my goals for 2019 is to put more focus on it. I love writing them–look for more soon!

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