So... it's not enough that I have 23 hours accounted for - and it's not for writing. I also still have books upon books upon books that I want to read this year.
That I wanted to read last year already.
So far, I have been getting along, but with my writing time almost down to nothing, my reading time is in the red-zone.
Which makes me wonder... Should I just be reading when my muse isn't prodding me to write? I mean, if I write without being inspired, aren't I just wasting time? And besides, it's so important for writer's to read. But at the cost of precious writing time?
What do you suggest?
I would suggest still making time to read whenever you can. Even if it's 15min snippets at a time, or on journeys etc. I look at creativity as a muscle and reading as a tool to strengthen that muscle. I wouldn't say you're wasting time writing when uninspired, I would try a 5 minute freewrite at the start of your writing to get geared up for it :) I'll be posting about freewriting tomorrow, I hope it helps in some way :)ReplyDelete
I'd say read just a little more because maybe it will inspire your writing.ReplyDelete
Yes. Definitely read. It helps to wake up the muse. That's one of many different things I do.ReplyDelete
If it's a choice between reading and writing, I'd write. I think it's important for writers to read, especially when they are first learning, but most writers read less and less as time goes on. You shouldn't wait on your muse to prod you. Get to work and the words will come.ReplyDelete
Try free writing. You can't just write when you're inspired. That's like doing homework only when it excites you. Try writing about other things, about your day, a book you read, a poem or a character you like. It might get you into the zone for what you really want to write. And a good reading opportunity should be denied. Reading instead of writing is not a bad thing if not used in excess or as an escuse.ReplyDelete
Hope this helps and best of luck with writing. Also thanks for commenting on My WOW yesterday.
I do more writing than I do reading. So I suggest reading. It's fun and relaxing and far less work.ReplyDelete
My TBR pile is about to fall over. I should start on it soon, too. Writing would be nice, but my motivation is gone.ReplyDelete
I follow my muse and read when she leaves me but then I have to haul her back sometimes. But I give it a few days.ReplyDelete
I'm right at that point this week where I feel like my muse is demanding a reading break. We'll see what books surface on my TBR list.ReplyDelete
Oh man I know exactly what you mean....I have books I bought in 2010 that I still haven't gotten around to reading yet. Plus I'm going to BEA in June, so I'll get tons of ARCs!ReplyDelete
Hey, if my muse wasn't nudging me, I'd certainly read. Like you said--it's constructive. And also FUN!ReplyDelete
Sounds like your batteries need some recharging and that you need some down time. That will inspire your writing. So, I say read until the writing bug bites. :)ReplyDelete
I would say to set aside at least a little time to read. It can be revitalizing. :)ReplyDelete
I read far more than I write (I know, bad me) and I still have over a hundred unread books lounging around my room, some I've had for over a year. (I have an obsession...) However, I know they're not going anywhere and if it interested and excited me when I first picked it up, it will interest and excite me when I sit down to read it.ReplyDelete
I think reading can jump-start a writer. You get inspired by others. :)ReplyDelete
I tend to find when inspiration doesn't find me, a bit of music usually does the trick. otherwise I go down to my local cafe and just write anything... this way I can't get up and do things, or I'll lose my seat, and this usually ends up working too:)ReplyDelete
When my muse isn't prodding me, I usually take time to meditate or listen to meditative music; other times, I go out and take a nature walk or simple sit in the park. Just being quiet, sitting back and eating some grapes, etc. just enjoying the moments always works for me!ReplyDelete
There is nothing like inner balance! Making time for me is a must! My must time usually consist of relaxing, enjoying the moments! After a period of refreshing, my muse is ready to give and I'm ready to receive!
Muses take time off so that you can become refreshed!
All of what you said is true. So maybe you need to block time for reading every day. You have writing time. You have reading time.ReplyDelete
Reading always gives me new ideas. I think it's good that you're trying to catch up. Oh, and please do send me your answers for the WWW series. I would LOVE to have you guest!ReplyDelete
Great tips showed here.ReplyDelete
I think reading can jump-start a writer and you will get inspired by others.