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How important is reading for a writer?
Seems like a silly question right? I mean of course in order to write, you need to read. That’s a given!
Except for some reason when I get caught up in my writing, I forget to read.
Reading, for me, is like breathing. I don’t just read books, I devour them. I’m a bookaholic. I set myself goals each year on how many books I want to finish. Last year my goal was 52 and although I fell short, I still managed over 40 books.
You see I’m a huge geek. For the last few years I’ve been keeping track of every book I’ve read. I keep special journals where I rate each book out of 5 and write a little review.
After reaching a career reading high last year, I decided that come January 2011 I would focus my attention on writing. I was worried that I was using reading as an excuse not to write. With sheer determination, I stepped into 2011 without a reading goal or a new journal.
Biggest mistake ever!
You see, I forgot how important reading is. I went almost 3 months before I finished two books. My friends were amazed and worried about me. Yeah, that’s how much I normally read. People worry about me when I’m not.
I let my creative well run dry. There’s no better way to put it. Great writers read a lot and if I’m determined to be a great writer…which I am… I need to read.
When I’m feeling as though my writing is terrible or that no one cares what I have to say, I know that I’ve neglected my other passion.
I still don’t have journal for this year, I’m struggling to find a novel that captures my attention and I’m doubting my ability.
Needless to say this January 2012 I’ll be keeping track of my reading habits.
Oh, and I’ll have a pretty new journal too!