I sent my latest revision to my agent a few weeks ago, and am still letting my NaNo manuscript simmer on the back burner – revision is NOT my favorite tool in the box, so I’m putting that off. Though I am participating in #StoryStorm2018, I’m not currently developing or writing. Just brainstorming.
And since my Master’s Thesis is completed and my degree conferred, I’m grateful to have time after school for something I really miss when I don’t have time to do it – PLEASURE READING!
The key to becoming a good writer is to be a good reader. Obviously, reading in your field is optimal to see what’s already been done and how to really fit the genre of your choosing. But I like reading widely. When I was visiting my parents earlier this month, I devoured some Sandra Brown, Michael Connelly, and James Patterson from my mom’s bookshelves. I read a bunch of adult and new adult romances because I’m on a mailing list that sends me titles that are available for free that day through my Kindle. And last week, I rediscovered my best friend – the local library.
Can you believe it’s been THREE YEARS since my library card expired? I didn’t believe it! I used to practically live in the YA section of my neighborhood library (as a YA writer and teacher – it was TOTALLY research!). Plus I took advantage of the e-book app to borrow electronic books as well. So I was shocked to realize how far I’d strayed. Not that I stopped reading – I was buying books instead of borrowing them. But since I’m an underpaid educator, that’s not the best option anymore.
Reading is the foundation for a strong writing career. If you don’t read, you don’t know what good writing looks like, and, for that matter, what BAD writing looks like. Writers can’t live in a vacuum. We have to know the literary world around us.
So go get a book, and make some time to READ today. 🙂