Sun, Jan. 6th, 2013, 11:31 am
Reading and Writing and Not Reading

As I was reviewing my year-end "books read" list last month, I determined that, in the period from late August to early November during which I was writing my Trek novel and racing my deadline, I was doing almost no recreational reading. I won't claim that I felt withdrawal pains in that period, but I did very much miss pleasure reading, and it felt really, really good when I finally did allow myself to just sit and relax with someone else's novel.

This gets me wondering... what am I doing wrong? Because I know that there are many other writers out there who are also voracious readers, and who don't seem to have any trouble turning out a couple of novels or a slew of shorter stories each a year while also reading and writing book reviews and blurbs, and in some cases, also holding down day jobs, having healthy social lives (whatever THAT is), and/or raising children. Am I just that horrible at time management? Or did I just psych myself out worrying about my deadline (which I still missed by 10 days), and end up compounding the stress I was feeling by refusing to take the time to read a chapter a day of something else?

Sun, Jan. 6th, 2013 06:22 pm (UTC)
scottpearson

When you get the answer, let me know. My writing output is terrible. I get a lot of reading done, primarily on the bus and at lunchtime at work, so that's not sucking away writing time. For me, I think it's time management at home with the family that's the weak spot. I'm taking aim at this in the new year, but would love to hear from some of those people that do really well at this.

Mon, Feb. 4th, 2013 04:26 pm (UTC)
daytonward

I gave up sleeping. Seems to work.