One of the most frequent pieces of advice I came across as an aspiring writer was to “Read, read and read more!”
I agree with that wholeheartedly.
Unfortunately, what I’ve found, of course, is that I now have much less time to read. There’s irony for you.
Time constraints are mainly to blame, obviously – family commitments, work commitments, with any spare time used for writing. This got worse once I’d had my first book published, because then there was admin, marketing, promo, blogging …
I was hoping the situation might improve when I finally gave up work at Christmas, but in fact, it’s got worse. With a new contract and deadlines looming for this or that, I now have a further issue with picking up a book – it sounds ridiculous, but I’m always worried that the book will be so good that I won’t want to put it down, which will mean not getting any writing done, so I’ll only get further behind …
And to be honest, by the time I turn off the computer an hour before going to bed, I sometimes feel heartily sick of the written word and don’t even feel like picking up a book. What a terrible state of affairs!
In the meantime, my TBR pile only gets bigger. I’ve had a huge pile of books to get through up in the attic for years …
And no, this isn’t the only pile – I’m ashamed to say there are many more lurking!
To make matters worse, I finally got a Kindle a couple of years ago because a lot of the books I wanted or needed to read were only available digitally – so, as you’ve probably guessed, there’s a backlog on there, too … Eight-eight? Gulp.
When I joined the Romantic Novelists’ Association just over a year ago (you can read more about that here), I got to know many wonderful authors online – and of course, that meant a long list of their books that I want to read.
And since I was signed by Bookouture, I’m getting to know all their lovely authors online too … and they produce a fantastic array of books which I am also desperate to read.
And so, in a desperate attempt to make inroads, I do try to read – but mainly only first thing in the morning over a cup of tea and last thing at night, so it can sometimes take me a couple of weeks to read a book.
I’m hoping that this disgraceful state of affairs will be remedied as I settle into my new writing routine and get a few deadlines out of the way . . .
If you write, do you find you read more or less? I’d be interested to know!