Can I Really Fit In Reading A Good Book?

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If being a good reader is what goes into making someone a better writer then I must confess that I am not the writer that I think I am.  Let me just say that I love to read, so much so that when I don’t get a chance to it hurts my heart just a little bit more with each opportunity that slips through my fingers.

After all, reading is what made me want to be a writer in the first place and it is what allowed me to enhance my abilities as a writer, learning more about crafting words, and the proper structure of them, what having the write setting and time period can do to enhance a book.  I read about how important small details are to a book and how to get more in touch with my characters and who they were really portraying.  With reading I even got to learn about certain things that I otherwise wouldn’t have known about and about places that I have always dreamt of going but that are not a guaranteed staple of my journey.

Having said all of that, lately, in the last few years I have not been the best reader that I can be.  That last two years it seems as though I have not read at all (unless you count the fact that it took me almost a whole year to finish one book) and it saddens me.  It is not because I don’t still have the desire to always have a book in my hand and take it with me wherever I go.  It is because once you really thrusts yourself into being a writer, both the creative and the business sides of it, it seems like the time to read is minimal at best.

I feel like I can’t even balance the time to write and market my business, along with taking care of my daughter and making memories with her, so by the time I sit down to read anything I am so tired that I end up in the same place I started with the bookmark lying somewhere on the floor and the pages bent because I have tossed and turned all over my book.

You see it’s not as if I never make the attempt and even squeeze in what I think will be just enough time to read a chapter before I try and get some sleep.  Mind you, that I wake up most mornings at 6am and don’t usually make it to bed until 2am (sometimes later) so I am operating daily on four hours of sleep. Example, I started the book I am currently reading in January with the New Year.  At the most it should have only taken me a month to finish it (used to be less) but here it is March and I am still just halfway through.  So does the fact that I can’t seem to squeeze in reading to my already filled up schedule mean that I am not as good of a writer as I once was?  I sure hope not.

This is a reminder to all of you out there, find the time to read if you’re not already doing it.  It will not only make you a better writer overall, but a better editor for those novels you have to edit, and just a better storyteller in general.  Take it from someone who can’t seem to fit in a good book and who is desperately trying to find the balance so that I can, read almost as much as you write.  It will make a world of a difference.  Stay curious and stay captivating!

 

Jimmetta Carpenter

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  1. I’m almost at the opposite end. I end up reading so much that it’s hard to get in my writing time. Working full time in a school, editing some projects, drafting another, outlining another, daily blogging, volunteering, author readings, committee work… Eek! I aim to have at least one novel publication ready each year, and to release a poetry chapbook. It works, but it’s not stress free, by any means.

    I need to read to get some sanity back! I aim to read 100 books a year, and I am well ahead of schedule for this year with 21 so far. I frequently choose to read really great short works to keep up my count :-) So here’s one for you: if you haven’t read John Green’s The Fault in our Stars- which just took me an evening to read- you’re missing something! It’s very inspiring.

    All the best on your writing, AND on your reading! :-)

    • Hi Shawn,
      Thanks for taking the time out of your very busy schedule to provide words of encouragement to me and a suggestion for a good book to read. I will definately look that book up at the library, if I can ever finish the one that I am currently reading. Good job on having read 21 books already this year, I am still on the 1 book, lol. What’s your secret? Thanks again for stopping by and I’m going to head on over to your blog in just a minute. Have a very blessed evening!


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