It’s Friday, and I’m hard at work on kicking off new ideas and getting ready to promote the hell out of old ones 😀
It’s a good problem to have: Over the next 2-3 years, I’ll have 4 books coming out. It’s an absolute dream, and I am so thankful every day to get to do this writing thing.
But dream or no dream, when you’re working on this many projects, it means as soon as you let something go you’re off to concepting and drafting once again. The good news is, I can’t exactly get lazy–I have deadlines to account for, after all (even if I do tend to always get them pushed just a little bit). But the bad news is, with all the writing going on, I’ve been a bit remiss in holding up Stephen King’s second (and just as important) piece of advice: reading.
I’ve long believed that reading–and reading voraciously–is the best thing a writer can do to educate themselves. Better than an MFA, better than craft workshops, better than obsessively reading advice on the internet from their author heros. I’m not saying that all of these don’t have an important place in improving one’s writing, but no amount of instruction is going to even come close to the sheer amount of learning a writer does by simply soaking up other writers’ words.
It’s why I am not a snob about reading. I read in most genres, literally and super-commercial, high-brow and low-brow (though I hate those designations).
But over the past few months, as the deadlines have loomed and the emails from editors have repeatedly showed up in my inbox reminding me of another deadline once one has passed, I haven’t taken the time to make much of a dent in my TBR pile.
So here’s to reading! Over the last week, I’ve gone back to my first love and have tried to choose reading over TV/Internet/insert-timesuck-here. Because I love TV, and I like the Internet, at least, but nothing is so amazing as a damn good book.
So here’s to writing–and reading–and taking King’s advice to heart!
Happy Friday, y’all.