Friday, December 16, 2011

Storyteller's Journey

An Important Source of Inspiration

Reading is an important source of inspiration for me. However, it wasn't until last month, when I participated in NaNoWriMo, that I realized just how much I truly need it to write. Due to the higher amounts of writing time I spent in November, my reading time dropped to nearly nothing - I read only two MG books last month. I felt like I was operating on little or no energy emotionally, as well as creatively. Once I began reading regularly again, earlier this month, I felt like I was back to normal. I've always thought of reading and writing like breathing in and out; most authors and other literary types agree - to be a decent writer you must read regularly. I wholeheartedly agree. I also find that reading, especially in the genre I'm most interesting in as a writer, is a great way to stay abreast of the current children's book market. However, reading a wide variety of books - including adult novels - is like a feast for the mind, and the soul.

As a writer - do you read your genre, another genre, adult novels, or all three?

1 comment:

  1. I probably write more than I read, and I know I need to read more. I read to find out what else is being published--and yes! it is invigorating. It also helps keeps perspective when I start thinking my novel is really great. Haha.