This Sunday, reflect on and summarize the week you just had in your writing via fiction or nonfiction, or both. Check out some of the writing prompts from this past week in today’s post, along with today’s writing prompt: What Are Your Thoughts on The Current State of Politics in the U.S.? And see updates on the current novel I’m writing, what I’m reading, and more.

This Week’s Sunday Summary Writing Prompt: What Are Your Thoughts on The Current State of Politics in the U.S.?

Today, write a journal entry or a piece of short fiction about your thoughts on the current state of politics in the U.S., especially after the midterm elections this past week. Write about whatever you want, whatever’s been weighing on your mind lately.

Or write a journal entry or reflective post summarizing the previous week you had and notable things you wrote, read, learned, etc., as well as what you want to write, read, and do in the week ahead.

Writing Prompts From This Past Week

In case you missed them when they were originally published earlier this week, here are the links to this week’s writing prompts on Daily Drafts & Dialogues blog. See my completed versions of each writing prompt in each post.

Updates On My Current Book Project

This past week I wrote over 4,000 words for the current novel I’m working on and started writing the fourth chapter. One of the major characters in the novel is introduced to readers in this chapter in a surprising way, I hope. I’m still debating what the novel’s title will be and I might not know what it is until I’m finished with it. We’ll see.

Here’s an excerpt of what I wrote recently for my current work in progress, which may or may not end up in its final draft:

But I’m still chuckling under my breath and whisper to him, “And the coming days? Really? You’re making it sound like the apocalypse is about to happen.” 

I stop chuckling as soon as I see the severity in [his] piercing eyes, as he looks at me with no expression on his lips. I furrow my brow, then look away and take a sip of my drink. 

Sure. I mean, why not? Why wouldn’t the apocalypse be happening? It makes as much sense as anything else that’s been going on lately. 

From K.E. Creighton’s current WIP ; Nov. 2022; Unedited version

Current Reads And Book Reviews

I’m currently reading Liberation Day: Stories by George Saunders and should finish it by tomorrow. So far, it offers quite the literary journey, and it’s definitely expanding my mind and challenging me to think about what I know about literary techniques … as well as what I know about history, the world, and the people that bring it into being. After reading CivilWarLand In Bad Decline and Lincoln in the Bardo by Saunders, this book isn’t as weird to me as it might otherwise have seemed at first. He definitely has a unique way of writing, and I’m enjoying it for the most part.

Why We’re Polarized by Ezra Klein

This book shed much-needed light on the history of our political parties and why we’re so polarized in the U.S. now, and why those participating in politics haven’t always been as polarized as they are now.

Just when you think you know why we’re polarized, a book like this is published. And I mean that in a good way. Klein is incredibly thorough and includes a lot of studies and data and research in this book, and luckily does it in a way that is easy to read and understand. This book would appeal to political junkies and nonpolitical junkies alike.

Klein’s more objective approach to our political polarization in this book is invaluable, as he addresses the history of the political system itself and not necessarily the individual personalities within it, although he does use some individuals’ actions and speech as examples to demonstrate political pushes and pulls of power and how they influenced the different parties long-term.

I especially appreciated the final chapter of the book, in which he discusses hopeful yet practical ways to move forward to mitigate but not necessarily eliminate political polarization. This is certainly a book worth reading as soon as possible. And I suggest that if you read the book, you read the ENTIRE book, up to the very last page.

Rating: 5/5

Marrying the Ketchups by Jennifer Close

The writing style of this book is so entertaining. It’s hilarious. And at certain points, I laughed out loud while reading it. Although the content matter is serious, Close does a great job of making her characters’ stories less tragic, in a realistic way, somehow. It’s definitely a good read for those of us, especially Millenials, who have had to adjust to major life changes since the 2016 election. It’s incredibly relatable and subtly forces you to contemplate your major life choices as the world goes through major shifts at the same time. I would definitely recommend this book to others, especially to those at major crossroads in their lives. And to those like me who have lived in Chicago and New York, and have worked in the restaurant and bar industries. This book hits home in a lot of ways for me.

Rating: 5/5

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Writing Tips And Thoughts From The Week

Musings On Current News And Events

This past week, I reflected a lot on the midterm elections in the U.S. and their results (which still aren’t completely decided), as I was finishing up Ezra Klein’s book, Why We’re Polarized. And I can’t get the thought of how our two-party system in the U.S. has become more like a weird competitive and dangerous sport, where there must always be a winner and a loser— and that’s all that seems to matter to anyone anymore. And how disturbing that is. No longer does it matter what people do once they win, as long as they win.

My thoughts on all of this, and my post-election blues, will be continued…

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