Friday, September 30, 2011

If in doubt, read more

by Brooke Favero

It's been a crazy week, so I sought the advice of Stephen King:

How true is that? Whenever I get discouraged about my writing, I dig in and read more. After reading a book (or two), I'm ready to write again.

What helps you when you doubt your writing?


Anonymous said...

I must agree with his advice to read more. I'm not sure if it's because it relaxes my mind and sort of cleans the slate, or what... But it does make a difference. :)

John Paul McKinney said...

Yes, reading is time out, getting away. Other "time outs" for me: fishing (if I'm near the stream or lake), playing the harp, knitting, woodworking... But reading seems to work best, because I can see how to write well. Right now I'm reading Cricket Mcrae's LYE IN WAIT. It's great writing and a fascinating story.

Dean K Miller said...

If I am reading, then people are writing. If people are reading, then I must be writing to give them something to read.

A wonderful circle of offer and receive. More of life should be this way.

Kelly Polark said...

Great advice straight from Stephen King's mouth!
I do read when I'm stuck on my own writing. I obviously love to read, but knowing that it helps my writing is another plus!

Dianne K. Salerni said...

When I'm discouraged about my writing, I need to have some "sulking" time first: watch movies on Netflix, feed the goldfish, walk the dog, and avoid anything with printed words!!

But then, when I'm ready to get over myself, I do start reading. It helps to see what's out there, learn a little from the masters, and maybe kick-start my own creativity again.

Patricia Stoltey said...

If I focus real hard on not writing for a while, it doesn't matter whether I fill in the time by reading or washing windows. The urge to write gets stronger and stronger until soon I'm back at my computer typing away.

Ishta Mercurio said...

When I doubt my writing, I read my earlier drafts, then I read my current ones. It always helps to see how far I've come, even if I still have a long way to go.

Taking time out to read books I've been looking forward to helps, too.

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