I like to read about writing. Go figure. Something about hearing another writer talk about the “craft”or what inspires them to write, gives me warm fuzzies. It’s not a secret club, but it is a broad membership of people who are passionate about the same thing that I’m passionate about, and I love to read their thoughts.
It’s comforting to read about the universal hang ups or stumbling blocks that writers face. It lets you know that you’re not the only one who has had “off” days; days where you mind is blank or (this is sometimes worse) your mind is teeming with ideas, but the universe is conspiring against your attempts to get them onto paper or PC.
I like memoirs and biographies of writers, books that instruct, books that encourage, and books that hold a microscope up to the nuts and bolts of writing, editing, and publishing. Some people love to read cookbooks (and some of them even cook). My fear is that I may be someone who reads about writing, but doesn’t write. I suppose the existence of this blog would contradict that possibility, but I could and should carve out more time for writing.
In fact, it could (or should) have been the top item on my “leap” list from Wednesday, but I left it off. Why? I guess I bought into the perception that time spent mining ideas is more “selfish” than other pursuits. Smack my knuckles with a ruler!
My mind was on reading books about writing today because I got an email from Writer’s Digest with a Leap Day sale — books for $2 and $9 (check it out HERE — on through the 03/04/12 actually). Call me a sucker, but I only spent $6 — for three books. Until those arrive, here are some of my favorites from my home library…
Read one (or two)….and then get WRITING!
The more than you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.