This month of daily writing advice will include tidbits, tips, and sometimes tricks. This isn’t a replacement for editing or book coaching, it’s meant as a jumping off point for exploration and thought! I hope it helps! ~Amy
Writers Must Read
There was some chatter in one of my author groups today about how many aspiring authors as well as some successfully publishing authors say THEY DON’T HAVE TIME TO READ.
This is your personal business, but if you’re in the aspiring part of your career, keep it to yourself. No, CHANGE IT. Read what you write, read what you don’t write. Read for fun. Read to learn how to write.
I read the genre I’m writing. It helps me know what works for me as a reader and what doesn’t. It helps me see how those ahead of me in the publishing line have gotten there.
I’ll give you a tip — when I say read that also means listening to audibooks. I listen to audio books all the time. No eye strain. I fold laundry, empty the dishwasher, apply make-up ALL WHILE I’M “READING.” Sometimes I just sit and listen and close my eyes!
You’re too busy? That doesn’t fly.
I’m always saying DO WHAT WORKS FOR YOU. Not this time. No excuses. If you’re not reading you will not be the best writer you can be.
End of story.
See you tomorrow!