I celebrated my birthday last week by visiting San Diego and sitting by the water. I read by the pool, I read on the lounge chairs by the marina, I read on the blanket while watching the kids search for shells. And I know for a fact that it helped me to become a better writer, every word of it.
Makes sense that if you want to be a good writer, you must read. Ask a room full of authors and they’ll tell you to read, read, read. The only way to see how people use the written word in such a wonderful way is to examine it for yourself. Do you have a favorite author? I tend to spend too much time reading and not writing, but I look at it as research. Especially in the summer, when my energy level is at an all-time low and it’s 111 degrees outside (like today).
Buying the iPad has just made my reading habit even worse. When I’m at a standstill, I’ve got a library of books at my fingertips along with the actual library of unread books next to my desk. I see books as a fresh beginning, like dating someone new or meeting a new friend. I look at the cover and read the intro, expecting to be bowled over. I can’t wait to learn about the characters and get into their lives. The anticipation of a new book is almost more exciting than the actual book. (Oh, that sounds sad, doesn’t it? But it is the truth.) Sometimes I’m so disappointed in a book I want to love, just like meeting someone you expect to be so interesting and they turn out to be a dud with a personality like vanilla pudding.
So, I’m looking to add to my collection and build up the anticipation. Tell me, what are you reading? Do you love it? Do you recommend it? Do you get as excited about a new book as I do?