I have a week before my paper copy of my new book gets to me through the mail, so I’ve decided something. In order to be a good writer, you kind of need to read. Not necessarily, of course. There are some exceptions that prove the rule, but when it comes down to it, most of the best writers are avid readers.
I love to read. Like, whenever someone asks me what I’m doing for my birthday or what I want for Christmas, I just say books.
So I’ve decided that until my book comes in the mail for editing, I’m going to read as much as I possible can. Not just because my need to read is killing me after not reading at all for NaNoWriMo, but also because I need to get distance from my work before I edit it. That way I can better recognize what is good or bad or just needs to be fixed. I’m sure if I tried to edit it now I would think it is all fine and dandy.
Also, reading is a great way to pass the time I have on my hands since I’m not rewriting yet…
Oh! Funny story. So about this time last year I had just picked up a Lauren Oliver book and had a cup of hot chocolate and read. And then I read a book by Jay Asher. And this wouldn’t be very significant to me now, except for this: Today I grabbed a cup of hot chocolate, grabbed a book, and sat down to read.
And you know what my mind immediately went to? Those two books, and how much I wanted to read them. And I started wondering about them and wondering why I thought of them, and , well, you get it.
The point is, books stick with you for a long time, even if they don’t make a huge impact on you right away. I still can’t get my mind off of Fangirl (Rainbow Rowell) and I read that in the middle of last month…
So my challenge for you is to read! And while you are reading, think about what you like and dislike in the book you’re reading. Is the main character too boring? Make a note to watch out for that in your own book. Do you like that plot twist that made you throw the book at the wall? First, I’m with you. I’ve been there. We all have. And second, add a plot twist in your book!
If you have any book recommendations for me, please leave them in the comments! I love hearing about books from other people because it makes me want to read them more. If I just see reviews or summaries online, I don’t get as excited about it as if my friend can’t stop talking about it.
Sorry this is short. I’ve got an AP test to study for.
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