When Do Writers Read?

I started reading Sycamore Row by John Grisham in March. I’m still only 1/2 way done. (And it’s a good book!). My writer friends are always posting about books they are reading, and I am thinking when do you have time to read?!?

I do make attempts to read but they always go south.

  • If I sit down to read 88% of the time I fall asleep within the first 3 pages, even with the best books.
  • If I am reading my mind wanders to my TO DO LIST.
  • If I am reading I think about each sentence and scene and what I like or don’t like about it as a writer, reading each paragraph until I give up in actually moving to the next page.
  • If I sit down to read I notice my hands and that they
  • A. need new nail polish
  • B. need lotion
  • C. need cuticle care
  • D. notice more freckles which leads to thinking about aging and before I know it I’ve read to 2 pages but didn’t comprehend any of it.

So, when do you find time to read?

 

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10 thoughts on “When Do Writers Read?

  1. I scatter it throughout the day…saving the fiction for when I have bigger blocks of time. I love to read before sleeping, but if it is a good read, I tend to push it past midnight until my eyes are gritty. I do need my sleep. If mama don’t get sleep, honey, she is crabby!

  2. I’ve started setting aside specific time to read each day (an hour before bedtime, for example) because otherwise it just won’t happen. I also find myself analyzing the craft in everything I read which can be helpful but exhausting! So if I’m only seeing the flaws in a book, I let myself give up on it after a few chapters and move on to something else. :-)

  3. I have a really hard time committing to a full length novel. I’ll maybe read a handful of novels a year. I’m super picky, but I keep trying. When I do find a good read, I have it done in a few days. But I’m reading my own work, reading and critiquing others too, and to top it off, I squeeze in reading novels. But again, if I lose interest the book closes up there. Even if I’m on page 150 of a 200 page book. It has to hold me all the way through.

  4. Finding the time to read, for me, involved getting away from electronic media. Something I should do after leaving this comment…

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