Tuesday, March 4, 2008
I love books.
I guess that comes as no surprise since I'm a writer after all, and a love of reading does come with the territory. But you'd be surprised how many authors just don't read.
There are many reasons for that, the biggest one probably being that they don't have time. When you're a writer, you want to devote all your free time to your craft. And that often leads to a rejection of the other pleasures in life.
But I often wonder, when I hear another author say that they don't read, how do you do it? How can you be a writer and not read? It makes no sense to me.
I know that personally, my writing suffers if I don't make time to read. The words are flat and boring, and the plot lacks inspiration. Reading is food for the writer's soul. It's inspirational to see what another author can do with words. It's learning, it's fulfilling, it drives my passion for writing.
So I ask you authors, do you read? Do you read in your own genre or do you go elsewhere?