On Writing: Read Less

As Andrew says, Reading is a Necessity And a Pleasure. But he has made a Very Good case for Reading Less, with Facts and Figures! 🙂
In my case, I should say that I stopped reading quite a few Years ago! For exactly the Same Reasons!


ibooks-shelfSince 2011 I’ve kept a log of books I’ve read and the dates I read them. At the beginning of each year I go back and count the number of books I read that year.

So far my average has been about 30 books a year.

And then it dawned on me. I’ve got three books in development, two ofEditing_Red_Pen1-300x225 which are to be completed by the end of this year, and I’m only allotted so much time within the year to write them, then edit them, edit them, and edit them again.

Looking at my track record of reading 30 books a year and having one book published every two years, you’d think I was striving to be a professional reader, not writer.

Now don’t get me wrong, I will never underestimate the power and benefit of reading, especially for writers. You can’t possibly write without constantly reading, so…

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  1. 30 books a year? Wow. I hardly come up to 5-6.
    I’m losing patience with big novels, I think. I am leaning more towards short stories. That way, I can always flip to next story if one bores me. Whereas a novel, well, one is stuck with it if you misjudge and purchase it.

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  2. I have to admit that I am becoming more a reader than a writer, but there are so many good books out there that it would be awful to limit the reading. We don’t have to buy them, a lot are in the libraries. It’s given me pause for thought though Baba!

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