We've all heard it. You must read to be a good writer. And it’s true, I get it, really I do. Vicki’s post last week got me thinking…where there is no time to write, when is there time to read?
For me, it’s only before bed. Yeah, not long enough to submerse myself into the escape that I love to read for. And it’s obvious by my TBR pile of at least 200+ books. I keep adding, and at 1 or 2 reads a month, I get further and further behind. Well, the plus there is: I’m supporting my favorite authors (as we all should do - and imagine that - one is here this week). :-D*
Now I’m saying this, and I am trying to read everyday (still only before I go to bed), but the writing is slowing down or rather, editing right now. I do have a day job and consider writing as my 2nd job (that I’m not getting paid for yet *pout*), but a job none the less. It is not a hobby. I eventually want to be paid for all of this hard work. But reading is a luxury that must sometimes fall by the wayside. It sucks and I don’t like it, but the job (s) come first in my opinion. Or I won't have a house or car - not a good thing because I need to have a job to continually fix my car and my home - but I digress....
Believe it or not, I’m very regimented in my time-management. I have a set number of hours that I write, read and spend with family during the week. I even shut off phone privileges at a certain time, unless it’s an emergency – really .… just ask Vicki. I’m a stickler. Everything has a time and place in my life. There are times I can devote more to one or the other, but generally it’s the same everyday. The weekend is all about writing – but boy do I miss the days of losing myself in a book until it’s completely read and I sigh when it’s over.
Reading helps the writer see a lot of different things: how a talented writer writes, ideas that might be spurred from a simple line or word, sometimes it’s even what not to do. Either way reading helps a writer, it fills the well, as they say.
So I’m off to fill my well…I have an A.R.C. of: Seduce me in Shadow by the fabulously talented Shayla Black, (maybe you've heard of her from somewhere...).
I’ve been dying to read it since I finished the 1st book (Tempt Me With Darkness). And by the sounds of all these surprises - I won't be so special anymore, because she's giving the first three chapters to a few winners this away this week - LUCKY DUCKS!!! And you won't miss out on anything if you get the 1st one too - which Miss V is generously giving away too. Wow, a lot going on ;-)
So again - I've gone off on a tangent, but I'm pretty sure this will be one of those books where I will stop writing long enough to immerse myself in (It happened with the 1st one - I don't expect this one to be different) ;-D
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