In 2009 I wrote: “good writers – read.” And that remains true today. While I write mainly women’s fiction, I do a lot of reading in that genre. But I also enjoy chick lit, mainstream fiction, mysteries, thrillers, romance, sci fi and much more. If there’s a book review and the story sounds good, it goes on my list of things to read. If it’s on sale somewhere or at the local used bookstore, I pick it up and add it to my library.
When I find a particular author I enjoy I will read everything they’ve written. It’s fun to read first time authors and sharing ANY new found book treasures is a MUST. Many of my friends and I book swap, and if we’ve gotten the book from the library we make sure and email the title and author around the group. There is also GoodReads.com, which is a network of book lovers who share what they are reading with each other, which really rocks!
Occasionally films will come out about the lives of authors or based on one of my favorite books. It’s fun to get a group of writers together to see a matinee and then get coffee and hold a discussion afterward. Writers have such an interesting way of viewing things.
There are lots of book clubs that get together and discuss their favorite stories. (But, you have to read them first!)
Many of us have a library of unread books that we have collected from friends, book sales at the library, yard sales, and those bought with coupons from the local bookstores. Heck, I’m always on the lookout for a “good deal” on a great read. When I’m finished reading and sharing a book I donate it to the library so others can partake of its pages. The bottom line is – you can never read too many books. And reading good books will help you become a better writer – Promise!
A new writer buddy of mine has opened up his mind to the world of writing and reading fiction. Every time he reads a book he enjoys he disects the best parts so he can apply those techniques to his own manuscript. I do that, too, but I admit to getting so caught up in the story I seldom get to the analysis part anymore.
“So many books and SO little time,” is the honest truth. Enjoy the journey.