The New Yorker as DIY MFA

So I finally broke down and subscribed to The New Yorker. You can read all of their new fiction for free on their website, the week it’s released, but if you want to get serious about it, you’ll subscribe. (Yeah yeah, starving writers. Okay: read it at the library.)

Anyway, my point is this: if you’re a serious writer, you should read The New Yorker‘s short stories. Weekly. Religiously.

And then you should go read this blog. And comment. And write your own commentary before you read this blog, to compare notes like it’s a trivia game.

I figure it’s a good foundation for a DIY MFA. You don’t need to spend big bucks to get the education; you just need to read great writing as you write your own.

What do you do on a regular basis to help improve your writing?