Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Books I Intend to Read
Since joining the Paperback Swap, I've been looking over the books I have on my shelves and also the books I've had on my Amazon wish list to buy. There are a lot of books that I want to read but have never gotten to. I have good intentions to read books that will expand my knowledge of literature (classics and NY Times bestsellers), help me with my job and my own desire to write (writing books), help me with my Christian walk (Bible studies and such), help me with my hobbies and current interests (books on gardening, organics, holistic health, etc.) I recently put the latest square-foot gardening book in my Amazon cart, but I have to ask myself when I'll get it read.
The problem with books is that I'm a rather slow reader and often don't have much time to give to my personal reading. (If it isn't a manuscript, I don't get it read.) If I start reading a gardening book now, by the time I get through it fall harvest time will be here. So, I've been surfing the web for short articles about building, filling, and planting raised garden beds. Maybe I'll buy the book this fall.
I was talking to an author about this type of issue today. She has been buying new writing books because she knows she shouldn't neglect learning new things and honing her writing skills, but she is a busy author with pressures from writing, marketing her writing, travel, and home life stuff. She doesn't have time to read a writing book when deadlines are looming.
So I sent her to a couple blogs and a Web site that would give her short articles to read that would be less intimidating and less time consuming than reading a whole book.
Kaye Dacus on writing romance
Chip MacGregor on publishing
Randy Ingermanson on writing fiction
Rachel Hauck and Susan Warren on writing fiction UPDATED 4-17-08
What do you do when the pressure to get the project done supersedes the pressure to stop and hone your craft or expand your knowledge?
Editor Du Jour Becky