“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot…reading is the creative center of a writer’s life…you cannot hope to sweep someone else away by the force of your writing until it has been done to you.” – Stephen King
My local library wraps up its annual Adult Winter Reading Program today The program began in January and ran for ten weeks. My goal? To read and/or listen to 40 books during that time frame. I came within a cat’s whisker of reaching it.
“How in the world did you manage 38 books in ten weeks?” you ask. “Where’d you find the time?”
Truth? I didn’t “find” the time. I made it. Yep, it’s amazing what you can accomplish if you bring a book to the dentist or doc’s office. Read at red lights. While standing in line at the post office or grocery check-out. Hibernate in the library. Listen to a book on CD while doing dishes. Double as a Himalayan hermit.
Why Is That?
The best writers I know are also voracious readers. Why is that? Check out some of the links below to find out.
Role of Reading in a Writer’s Life
Why Writers Must Be Readers
Read These Seven Books and You’ll Be a Better Writer
4 Things You Need to Do Before You Can Call Yourself a Writer (see #2)
What were the best books I read/listened to in the last ten weeks? Answer: It depends. Mostly on which day you ask. Those that were particularly memorable, in no particular order, include:
Epic- John Eldredge
Dawn – Elie Wiesel
Tuck Everlasting – Natalie Babbitt
Up next: Books to Grow By. How Many Have You Read?