Reading & Writing do not go hand in hand

At least, not for me.

If I’m in the writing zone I don’t even look at a book.  If I’ve been bitten by the reading bug I won’t go near my laptop.

For whatever reason I can’t seem to do either with any sort of moderation.

When I pick up a book, I rarely put it down until it’s finished. (minus the times I fall asleep reading and my book falls to the floor) If I do put a book down, I’m probably not that into it and I might not go back to it unless I’m trying to prove something, like I can read new authors, outside my favorite genres, or someone has suggested it to me.

When I’m writing, I’m just not inclined to read. I have so many of my own ideas up in my head it’s like I can’t crowd the room with another’s creativity. I will read articles and other blogger’s posts but I won’t get into a book.

Reading is important for a writer and I’m finding it a struggle to find a balance between the two.

Anyone else have this problem?  Have you found a solution? I’d love to hear it.

The reason I’m really frustrated with my binges is I’m trying to complete a few goals. First is entering some writing contests this summer and the first deadline is fast approaching. Second, I started the 500 words challenge and I’m just not keeping up.  I haven’t given up but I also haven’t been consistent.

Maybe I just have to give up reading for the rest of the summer… lol as if!  I need focus and structure to achieve my goals but I haven’t found something that works yet. So I’m open to suggestions 🙂

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3 thoughts on “Reading & Writing do not go hand in hand

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  1. The more of your blogs I read I can see that you are taking the time to discover and understand yourself. I am sure it will be a very important tool as you try to discover and understand your characters.- Mom

  2. If the book is really good, I stop almost everything until I read “The End.” So for me it depends on the book. Sometimes I’m reading two or three at a time. Reading feeds my soul, writing is my outlet for all my thoughts and emotions.

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