I love writing. Whether or not I’m any good at it is subjective. For me, writing is therapy. It’s my own little world, where I can hide out in. When I’ve had a bad day at work, or when my life feels like it’s out of my control, I can sit down at my computer, or I can pull out a notebook, and bliss out into my own little self-created world. Best of all, when I’ve had a “good day” of writing, it’s almost as if I’ve taken a mini vacation.
Unfortunately, as much as I enjoy writing, sometimes it can feel as though I’ve put myself into an emotional wood chipper. I’ve written things that have left me sobbing. These stories may or may not ever end up in a reader’s hands, because there’s too much of me on the pages. When I’ve had to do a lot of “hard” writing, I find it may take several days before I can go back to what I’ve been working on.
I was reading On Writing by Stephen King this past week. I was reminded of the importance of being an avid reader, as well as being an avid writer. In his book, Stephen King claims to read approximately 70-80 books in a year. He reads about 2-3 books a week; in addition to the hours he spends writing books of his own. It may seem like a simple thing, but for me, it was a revelation.
I’m still very green as a writer. I have a LOT to learn as a writer, but I adore reading. I’ve decided to give myself the same challenge. I plan on recording the books that I’ve read in a year’s time, beginning with the first day of spring. I’m curious as to the effect it will have on my own work. I’m hoping that it will help me keep my stories fresh, so I don’t burn myself out, and forget how much fun it is to tell my stories. As much as I enjoy creating stories to share, I need to keep filling my own literary cup too!