I remember being told that writers should also be avid readers, and for a few years I felt like I wasn’t reading nearly enough. I mean, after wading through huge psychology text books, or reading the necessary texts for English papers I did not have the time or energy to launch into fiction. Once every few months I would read a book over the course of a day or two just to keep in touch with fiction, but beyond that… yeah I was slacking.
These days though I’m reading a lot more, I’ve suddenly got the time for it and am finding myself reading 2-3 books a week again, most weeks anyway, though sometimes it’s an effort to get out of the house to the library and it’s normally then that I don’t read.
I would have to say though, that I am now spending as much time reading as I am working on my writing and that’s pretty cool, though admittedly I mostly do it for pleasure I’m finding myself learning things along the way: taking note of the things that work for me, the things that don’t, and then trying to isolate ‘why’ so that I can apply it to my own work.
Learning is never done best alone, in my opinion, because let’s face it, if you want to get anywhere in the writing world you can’t just be writing for yourself. I love sharing my work, and getting feedback on it, and I like writing stories/novels that friends and family will enjoy.
So, taking this whole reading (and learning) thing to the next step (for me anyways) is the e-Fiction Book Club.
Technically this is my ‘say no’/do little month, but I couldn’t resist putting my hand up for this. I get to read novels/novellas/short story collections/series etc, and then discuss them with other people!
Not only will this help broaden my horizons, but it means I’ve got two books a month set to read that I don’t have to pick myself (ah yes, showing my lazy side), and I hope that in reading and reviewing books and then being able to discuss them with the other reviewers on the blog (all wonderful women by the way! I’m so thrilled to be working with this bunch) my learning about what makes something work, and what doesn’t (for a variety of different readers) will in turn help me write stories that others will enjoy.
I’ve always wanted to be part of a book club, but never done it, so now I am. YAY! I’m really looking forward to seeing what is out there in the e-fiction world.
Feel free to read along with us, comment, join the discussion, or if you have something you think you might like us to review then head over to the guidelines page to get more information. The first book is up on Monday, not long to go now!