But, over the last few years, I've found myself reading less and less. I've spent a lot of time on the computer, writing and playing around and whatnot. I've dabbled in different forms of art, and tried to spend more time with friends. All to the detriment of my reading life.
If I'm honest with myself, I miss it. I miss picking up any one of the three books I'm working through and curling up for a few hours. Oh, I still spend plenty of time drooling at the bookstore, and far more money than I should on new tomes to read. I just don't give myself the time to actually read them.
One of the big pieces of advice most writers give (and well they should) is to read. Read, read, read. In your genre and outside of it. Devour the written word, wherever you find it. After all, how can you be a writer if you don't take in the craft of others?
So, I'm going to echo that sentiment and add a little onto it.
Reading doesn't just help you know what's out in the market, what's selling, and how to hone your craft. Reading other what other people are writing can also provide inspiration.
This year (I know, I'm late on the New Year's Resolutions bandwagon here), I'm planning to read more. Perhaps write some book reviews, but mostly just make the time to sit down with a book and enjoy it.
Because reading opens up whole new worlds, and it's so very important that those of us who craft words remember to also enjoy the tales that have been created by others.