When I’m Not Writing

As much as I would love to, I can’t write 100% of the time that I’m conscious. It takes a lot of brainpower to make the words go, and having a full-time job as well as children tends to cut into my writing time.

When I’m not writing, I’m usually watching a movie, either with friends or on my own, baking, or reading. If you want to write, the very best way to do that is to read. Not just good stuff, either. Good writers are essential to helping you carve out your own style, but quite often a bad writer can be just as helpful in teaching you what not to do.

So for good authors, I’ll read Chuck Wendig and Maggie Stiefvater and Stephen King and Tanya Huff, and I also try to find a new author I haven’t read at least a couple of times a month. I’ve discovered some really great stuff this way, and reading other people’s stories is a wonderful way to recharge my brain so that I can come back to my own writing rarin’ to go. And even when I read a real stinker, well… that can be helpful too, in a different way.

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