…IT’S TRUE WHAT they say. Reading fuels writing. Yesterday I burnt a book and felt alive, vibrant, immediately filled with creativity and desire to write!
I jest. But it is very easy to fall out of reading when concentrating on writing. Failing to read would be like a musician not listening to music. A director not watching new films. Whichever parts of the brain that control the creative process; like it needs glucose to run, it also requires someone elses creative outputs to digest.
So I’ve been making sure I read more online and especially off it. I read amazing stories and poems on WordPress daily, but sometimes I go through barren spells of reading actual books which isn’t a good thing. I’ll spare you a ubiquitous author quote, but reading the good the bad and the ugly, it doesn’t matter, it all helps to hone the craft of writing one way or another.
Something else I am guilty of is focusing too much on writing and reading, and neglecting music and film, other incredible sources of inspiring content. Although both are clearly, undeniably, irrefutably inferior to written text!
Some great reads this year:
- Andre Agassi – Open Outstanding autobiography even if you’re not into tennis. Gripping.
- Charles Dickens – Ghost Stories Some excellent stories, the writing still suprisingly fresh.
- Don Massenzio – Blood Orange Great premise, great read, well paced.
- Bori Praper – Cynicism Management: 1 Brilliant characters and commentary on modern life. Fantastic debut novel.
- Linwood Barclay – No Safe House A page turner. Nice angle on the thriller genre.