I don't know any writers who also don't love to read. Probably lots of writers even enjoy reading more than writing, especially when they're stuck on a plot point or in the middle of dreaded editing. Like many writers, I have numerous projects going. I have a book coming out in about ten days. I'm busy getting my second book in my epic fantasy series out into the world of online retail. I want to make even more new friends through insecure writer....you get it. Lots of stuff. And that's only my writing work. Lets not get into the coming holidays and my house being the only one on the blog with no outdoor lights up yet. Or the day job.
But I have a stack of books from the library I want to read. I have friends putting out new books nearly every week I want to read. My son bought the first two books in a fantasy series I'm dying to read. And yet there's the guilt of all those hours with my nose in a book instead of my fingers on the keyboard. We all feel it when we indulge when work awaits. But we also all know that to be a good writer, we need to read.
I believe we need to read alot and widely. I write epic fantasy and fantasy romance, yet I read all kinds of stuff. I love suspense. I'm a bit of a science nerd so I like to delve into scifi. I really want to travel to the stars especially since I read in the paper today that scientists are pretty sure there are lots of other worlds out there capable of sustaining life as we know it. I like historical fiction. Some of my favorite authors write mystery and keep me up to all hours reading.
I know reading these various genre, reading famous authors and newcomers, reading YA and adult, all this will help me in my own writing. So put the guilt away and think of reading as a form of study and education, making you a better writer.
So how big is your TBR pile and will you be pulling a book off of it anytime soon? Do you feel guilt when you read during your writing time?