Thursday 2 March 2017

Reading is Essential...

It's been a busy few weeks, so having time to think ahead for writing blog posts has been like wading through a room full of individual macrame strands hanging from the ceiling. You get through one set and can breathe for a moment before tackling the next set...

Despite the disruptions I've been able to do some writing- my 1920's based story- and I've finally started reading a few of the many books in my digital to-be-read list on my Kindle.

Every year I buy a few books that are set against a Christmas backdrop, and I always intend to read them over the Christmas holiday, but I never do. Now it's almost Spring, and I'm reading an historical romance set at- you guessed it- Christmas.

Actually I'm also reading a couple of Simon Whaley's books too, one chapter at a time when I have a spare ten minutes; The Positively Productive Writer, and Volume 1 of his latest book, The Business of Writing.

Books and Bath...
I've signed up to, so I can read a number of different magazines each month- and back copies too. When many of the magazines are £3 and upward an issue, a monthly charge of £7.99 isn't bad. And it's a good way of finding filler opportunities.

The latest issue of Writing Magazine arrived today, and it has the first of the two competition specials they produce each year.

Next week isn't as busy as the second half of February was, so I'll be getting back to the keyboard and raising my word count.

And I still need to sort out the dates and bookings for my trip to Bath.

All that will keep me out of mischief... :D


Maria said...

Carol, you sound really organised!
I've read Simon's Positively Productive Writer, and it's one of my favourite books on writing. I especially like the way Simon points out, how breaking the novel word count down into manageable daily writing, makes you feel better about it all.
I've got a huge pile of books to read, and not a lot of time to do it in. I think a lot of writers have the same issue.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

All that reading should certainly provide some inspiration, Carol! I do agree writers need to keep reading as much and widely as possible.

Ingrid Senger-Perkins said...

I have both of Simon's books that you mentioned, and they are really good! But I have so many other books I need to read that I am in a muddle.
Are you reading magazines on Readly for pleasure or research??

Keep at it.

Patsy said...

You don't need to be a regular reader of many magazines to make Readly cost effective.

Wendy's Writing said...

Simon's new book is great, isn't it. I have so may books on my kindle, I don't now where to start! I've only just discovered that I can make 'collections' n my kindle so have just made a 'must read' one and moved some books into it (it still has about 20 in it though!)

Teresa Ashby said...

I love The Positively Productive Writer - it's one of my favourite writing books. Readily sounds good! I love your description of wading through a room full of macrame strands :-) Hope you soon get that Bath trip organised.

Carolb said...

Apologies for not being able to answer individually, I've had to change to full page.

Maria- Simon's book's explain everything so clearly that it's simple to follow explanations and try suggestions out.

Rosemary- very true, I'm sure every writer has a long to be read list.

Ingrid- I'm reading Readily for both reasons, and have already found it very useful.

Patsy- yes, if you read a few of the home style or craft magazines, plus the women's magazines then it is worth the monthly cost.

Wendy- Yes, Simon's latest book is very good; it's explained a few things I was unsure of. I must use the collections bit, I started but then forgot about it.

Teresa- Readily is useful because you can use it on other devices so family members can read their favourite magazine too.

I'm meant to be checking room availability tonight. Hope to go to the hotel I stayed at before if they have room.