If you’re a writer, odds are that you’re a reader too. It’s probably your love for words and stories that inspired you to write in the first place.
Needless to say, reading is important to writers.
Once you start writing seriously, though, you might find yourself struggling to find time to read. I know I did. Still do. But it is important to keep reading. Whatever you can manage.
Firstly, because reading is a good way to rest. And seriously, you’ll need some.
Secondly, the words you read or something about a plot or character can get you thinking. And those thoughts turn into ideas. Actually, this can happen with t.v. and computer games too, but don’t go spending too much time there. Because I’ve discovered that looking for inspiration never works. You have to wait for it.
Thirdly, whether you’re trying to learn from writing or not, you’re going to absorb a lot of information just by reading. That alone is worth its weight in gold.
So whenever you’re blocked or need to rest your story before starting edits, read.
Read a lot.
Because if you’re anything like me, you’re going to miss it like an amputated arm while editing. You see, I can’t read books at all during edits. Unless I’m critting them.
It might be strange, but I can compare my issues to Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. That bit where Simza asks him what he sees. His answer: Everything. That’s what it’s like for me. I can see every tiny little thing the author did. Sometimes down to which scenes were put in later to smooth something over.
You might be the lucky owner of an editing eye that closes when you tell it to. But if you don’t, read as much as you can, when you can.
You’ll thank yourself later.
Anyone else have issues with leaving editing mode? Even when reading other people’s books?