Oct 172015
Reading, Writing and Respite

It’s stating the bleeding obvious, the best way to improve as a writer is to read. I have met accomplished writers who claim not to read, but I’ve never understood them. Why write if you don’t love to read? For me, writing is so hard, the only thing that keeps me going is knowing I’m going to see a book at the end of it. You have to be thrilled by that idea. A book, its smell, the promise it holds. You have to know that books save lives. Writers love books. So, uproar broke out in the creative writing class when I told everyone what this week’s homework was. No reading. At all. For a whole week. Just to see what happens when you don’t have a book to escape to. No reading at all. The idea for this homework came the other day when I cleared out my writing room and realised that this [see picture on right] is what I’d read since the beginning of August. Or to be precise, this is the non-published work I’ve read in the last two and a half months. On top of that I will have read at least half a dozen published novels (including Girl On A Train [ace], Colette Snowden’s The Secret to Not Drowning [creepily compelling] and  the latest Lee Child). I’ve also read at least five non-fiction books, (most but not all on the subject of writing) and countless bedtime stories. I’ll read anything and everything. Even the Daily Mail* But lately, I’ve not been ….. read full article and comment

 October 17, 2015