Episode 144: #ReadingWhileWriting

...in which Jess and KJ tackle a classic writing question: can you read in your genre while you’re writing in it without absorbing other voices and ideas?

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This episode of #AmWriting sponsored by Author Accelerator, the book coaching program that helps you get your work DONE. Visit https://www.authoraccelerator.com/amwriting for details, special offers and Jennie Nash's 2-tier outline template (the one KJ swears by).


NY Times Well

The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed, Jess Lahey

Jess's email list

#AmWriting with Jess and KJ

The Atlantic

Vermont Public Radio

Grown and Flown

KJ's How to Be a Happier Parent (even when I'm not)


The Boston Globe


Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World, Cal Newport

On Being 40(ish), Lindsey Mead

The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle and Generally Have More Fun, Gretchen Rubin

Laura Vanderkam's Books

Dani Shapiro

Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love, Dani Shapiro

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, Stephen King

Shirley Jackson

Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country, Pam Houston

Cowboys Are My Weakness, Pam Houston

Brookline Booksmith

The Maze Runner, James Dashner

Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck


What You Don't Know About Charlie Outlaw, Leah Stewart

The Wife, Meg Wolitzer

A Thousand Acres, Jane Smiley

The Vanity Fair Diaries: Power, Wealth, Celebrity, and Dreams: My Years at the Magazine That Defined a Decade, Tina Brown

Theft by Finding: Diaries, David Sedaris

The City Baker's Guide to Country Living, Louise Miller

The Late Bloomers' Club: A Novel, Louise Miller

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, Cheryl Strayed

The Final Frontiersman: Heimo Korth and His Family, Alone in Alaska's Arctic Wilderness, James Campbell

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