Monday, September 6, 2010
My writing life - Reading habits
I've been reading for many years, actually since I was four. I have come to the conclusion I am a spree reader. I find a new writer I like and I want to read everything they've written. This can be costly since sometimes their back lists are hard to find. I also tend to read in genres when I do this. I remember reading all the Dick Francis mysteries, all the Mercedes Lackey fantasies, all the Nora Roberts romances I could find, one after another. I also have read all of Tolstoy, all of Jane Austen, all of Frank Slaughter. I also reread books, many times. Pride and Prejudice has been read sixteen times, When I began writing I was in a small town where the library had few books so I read Zane Gray, some not too bad. I also did a study on my own of early American fiction and read some interesting books. Shakespeare and John Donne for poetry, not to mention Robert Frost. What really bothers me is that there are so many books I haven't read and many more I haven't written. There are books I've read that I hate and would never care to revisit. There are also books on my keeper shelves that I've been rereading and wonder why I kept them. Styles of writing change. Hopefully in my own writing, I can continue to change and grow.