To be the best writer you can be, you need to read. A lot. But for me, that is easier said than done. I have a full time job, a wife, and weekend activities. This leads me limited time for both writing and reading. At this point I have even cut out playing video games to completely focus my efforts to getting my book done (Sorry Skyrim, I’ll finish you one day).
And I hate that I don’t have the time I’d like. There are a number of books that I want to read right now. I have “Redwall“, “All the Things: A Short Story Collection“, “The Darkening Dream“, “Son of Ereubus“, “Pentecost“, “The Black Witch“, “Realms Unreel” and numerous writing books I have started.
This is the first time I’ve written out how many. Man I’m behind.
And I suppose there is a part of me that just finds it easier to write than to read. I don’t have to learn new names, places, magic systems, or cosmologies. I can sit in my little world and find out what it has to offer. But being insular like that won’t help me at all. Reading can help spark ideas within my own work. Maybe the way one of these above handles a situation can help me in my own work.
Can I just download the books to my brain? Where can I buy that technology?
How do the rest of you make time to read? Do you have a set schedule? I’m trying to get one for myself. Carving out time for writing, life, and reading. But so far, reading has taken a back seat to the first two.
I should probably learn to read faster, right? Write.