One of my worst habits as a writer is that I don’t do enough reading. At the beginning of October (or there about) I set out to change this. What’s the saying about lifestyle being made of habit? It was something of a journey to support that!
Since then I’ve managed to read almost every day. I made a mental note of some books I wanted to try, which helped, and even started a ‘Booktube’ channel for further encouragement. I uploaded an introductory video here and then my first review on James Herbert’s Moon my previous post. It was OK and definitely fun, so I plan to do more soon.
I’m currently reading Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King (somewhere in Chapter 3). You may see a theme – but luckily it seems other people love, or at least have interest in horror, as much as I do!
I mentioned reading right before sleeping has changed the way I wake up in the morning. It’s kind of odd, how a book is just as exciting (let’s be honest, more exciting) than scrolling through my phone, yet it’s so much more effective at switching the brain off. I know, I know – screens and brains and science. But I like being able to feel the effect rather than just hear the fact.
Generally I’m now waking up properly, rather than groggy. It’s not a miracle worker that makes me want to get up and seize a 9-5 stack of papers and burn my eyes with a screen too bright. But hey, at least I have something to look forward to each day.
While reading I’ve also become a lot more in tune to my own writing. Going through Moon I realised I just didn’t have the prowess Herbert has to build tension and form a consecutive storyline. This resulted in me reworking the first four parts of my novel tirelessly – and that’s a good thing. Reading has reminded me why I want to write. Now I’m just writing instead of letting procrastination and doubt distract me.
There’s another saying about reading letting you live a thousand lives (and if you are also reading Sleeping Beauties you will be feeling this just as much as I!). It’s true – the more I read the brighter life seems to be. Books are like the glasses to all your minds eyes’.
What is everyone else reading at the moment?