Yesterday, I read Roni Loren’s post A Dangerous Side Effect Of Becoming A Writer, which talked about how we writers tend to slack on our reading when we’re Balls to the Wall with our writing.
Well…I’ve been Balls to the Wall for a while now and yes…my reading has slowed and I hate it. I believe reading is what fuels our writing. And here I am…nearing the end of the year and I’ve only read 22 books.
These are a couple of my problems:
- I can’t find anything to read – LIE. I have a bookcase FULL of books I haven’t read. Thing is, I read everything, but I’m so in the zone right now I only want GOOD paranormal romance/urban fantasy. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated 😉
- I’ve become highly critical – TRUTH. I’ve said before, I study the writing when I read now. It’s become a habit. Poor character development? Sagging middle? Fall apart plot? I find it. And it makes me want to quit reading. I think it’s just part of being a writer. It’s what we do. We know what to look for, and if it isn’t there, our radar goes off. I’ve put down more than one book because of this issue.
- I’m a Repeat Offender – TRUTH. If I love a book, I’ve been known to re-read it. Even more than once. I’m like that with movies too. I’ve seen Lord of the Rings about 50 times. Each one. I’ve re-read a handful of my faves this year.
- The Princess Bride by William Goldman
- The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
- The Vampire Academy Series Books 3, 4, & 5 by Richelle Mead
- Germline by TC McCarthy
- Night Shift by Lilith Saintcrow
- Making Waves by Tawna Fenske
- Gone by Michael Grant
- Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
- Waking the Witch by Kelley Armstrong
- Inferno by Dante Alighieri
- Stardust by Neil Gaiman
- Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich
- The Fever Series – 5 Books by Karen Marie Moning
- The Dark Highlander by Karen Marie Moning
- Spell of the Highlander by Karen Marie Moning
- Secrets of Story Structure by Martha Alderson