When you’re reading something you don’t love, do you stick it out?

Mickey Hadick
Story Stories
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2 min readMar 18


I’m reading a novel I don’t love but it held my interest to the halfway point.

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I talk about it a bit more in the Story Story publication here, but it’s Javier Marias’s first novel, I read some enthusiastic reviews, and so I’m loathe to bail on it.

Come to think of it, a lot of reviews focused more on what a great writer he is, rather than how entertaining the books are. I wish there was a way to know when “great writer” was mathematically equal to “entertaining writing,” and when it was approximately equal (which is kind of an oxymoron but “approximately equal” is a thing in math (I think)).

The Week in Creativity

I skipped the past two Weeks in Creativity because I was travelling. I still write when I travel, but I have to really fight to carve out the time and space.

Last week, while I was in Florida with my wife, visiting our kid, I purposely chose to work on the story design for a new project. That means lots of thinking about the story, writing notes by hand, and developing those notes into a full-on story project exploration.

By the way, “Story Project Exploration” is a thing I learned from a teacher and I’m hoping to share it with you soon. It really helps get things started.

This past week, I was playing catch up with my other newsletters, and working on some training courses in creativity.

I also read a lot during the trip, which was another specific choice to make it easier to do my writing thing on the road.

Here’s what I loved reading

I loved I Was Told There’d Be Cake by Sloan Crosley. It’s funny personal essays. She’s awesome.

I read an entire volume of the journal Story. I wasn’t knocked on my ass by any of the stories within, but what do I know.

And I started Voyage Along the Horizon. To hear more about it, check out my Story Story.

Thanks for reading, and here’s to happy writing!

All the best,




Mickey Hadick
Story Stories

Novelist of suspense, sci-fi and satire. A student of the art and craft of storytelling. Expert on creative productivity, web publishing, and dirty limericks.