This was going to be a "Friday Fabulosity," but with Blogger grounded in her room last Friday for unpardonable behavior, it's a Monday Musing instead. (Once again, this is from The 101 Habits of Highly Successful Novelists.)
This is by S.J. Rozan the Shamus, Edgar, Nero, Anthony, and Macavity Award-winning novelist of critically acclaimed novels such as Absent Friends, In This Rain. A Bitter Feast, and China Trade:
"read read read read read read read read read read read. If it means less TV, less family time, fewer movies, whatever it means. READ READ READ READ READ READ READ READ READ READ READ."I read on another writer's (forthwith named C3PO) blog recently about not reading anything while writing. Apparently, C3PO believes that other voices will interfere with C3PO's own voice. My thought was, "Man, C3PO, since I write all the time, if I followed your advice I'd never read a thing!" Yes, sometimes I find myself writing like Lee Child, Stephen King, and Jane Austen combined (that was a joke; wouldn't that be a blast?!) but then I remember my own voice and start sounding like little old me again.
So, fellow writers, what do you do to carve out that precious reading time? Turn off the TV? Let the laundry pile to the ceiling? Neglect the kids?