I have been a horrific reader of late. If I’ve been reading anything, it’s been blog posts and news articles, stuff to critique for my writing group, or stuff for work. I’ve also been reading a lot of tweets, which really, really do not count.
I made the goal again this year of reading 52 books in 52 weeks, but it’s over two weeks into the year and I haven’t finished a single book. Then again, I also haven’t been giving myself any time to read. I’ve been trying pushing myself so hard when it comes to writing, getting all my freelance stuff done and trying to get novel-writing time in also, that I’ve been sapping myself of my best source of inspiration—great books.
A lot of writers (as I’ve been reminded these past days, by reading their blogs) feel that reading is a part of the job. Maybe one of the most important parts. A lot of writers also mention that (like me) they feel guilty if they spend too much time doing anything that isn’t writing, and reading falls under that category—but they also realize that it’s to their detriment.
So I’ve decided something that might be very hard for me to do. I’m going to let my weekends focus on reading. I’m going to give myself my weekends to bury myself entirely in books, if I want to. Let myself read as much as I want. Actually give myself a chance to hit my reading goal.
I’m also planning on starting a regime of waking up at six in the morning to write, starting tomorrow, so that I have a set block of quiet time to work on my more creative endeavors. Maybe as I get into the swing of things, I’ll be able to incorporate reading back into my schedule in a more normal basis, but we’ll see.
Japan update: In case you don’t know, I’m attempting to go to Japan this Spring/Summer with my husband if possible. I’d be teaching English. I’m applying all over the place, but only really seriously the past few days. I’ve gotten two reply emails so far! One “please send us this completed questionnaire!” that seems very encouraging, and another that wants me to reapply for their Summer term. Wish me luck that my continued attempts go well!