Thursday, July 7, 2011
Adding reading to your writing goals
Most writers are goal oriented people. Hit 50K by next month; finish revisions by Christmas; get an agent by 2013--you get the picture. But we often fail to add one of the most important aspects of being a writer to our goals: being a reader.
The number one lesson I remember from college is if you want to be a writer, you must be a reader.
Reading will improve your writing, increase your creativity, and even give you new ideas. We should read books in our genre to get a real feel for it. We should read how-to books on writing. We should read best-sellers to know what the market is enjoying. We should read friends' recently-published novels to show our support. And we should also read for fun.
However when you're immersed in writing, reading, like doing dishes and shaving your legs, can easily get pushed aside. This can't happen! One way to avoid this is to add reading to your goal list.
My current goal list has these in it:
*Read 100 Years of Solitude, Fall On Your Knees and Cutting for Stone by August 1. These are big-name family sagas (which I write).
*Read another writing technique book by September 1.
So far I've finished 100 Years of Solitude and Fall On Your Knees which are huge, fat family sagas. I've gained a greater appreciation for my genre, and I've also gotten new story ideas from them.
Have you added reading to your goal list? Will you?
Posted by Maggie at 7:49 AM