2016 #ROW80 Round 1: Check-In 7
I had read 22 books this month, and by the end of January, that number may be 25. Every writing advice I had seen always mentioned that writers need to continue reading. In my case, reading is as important as writing.
I have two college degrees, but they are not related to writing or literature at all. Everything I know about writing, I had learned by reading. Some say we should not read in the same genre or style to avoid copying other writers, but I prefer to do the opposite. I read, write, and review MM Romances on a daily basis. I see the trends, the styles, and the things that make me think outside the box.
I also read writing guides and the sporadic MF story, but mainly, I read to keep my mind focus. As I’m writing this post, I’m reading as well. Type couple of sentences, read a couple of sentences. It keeps the boredom away and helps me multitask. The only problem is that sometimes, reading takes over, and that’s when I take notes. Why can I put the book down? What’s so interesting that makes the book more appealing? Is it the structure? The characters? The story? That’s when I learn the most, when I’m binge reading a book or a series. When I can wait to have the same effect on those reading my books. And that’s the best compliment a writer can have. I love when my friends say they can’t put a book down– it summarizes what we all want, the readers complete and undivided attention.
What about you? Do you still read those books that inspired you to write? Or do you fight with your story to death, making everyone around you miserable until you hate your story?
I’m in a reader’s mood at the moment, so any serious writing will need to wait until February 1st.
A Round of Words in 80 days is the writing challenge that knows you have a life.