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On Reading And Writing

Freelance-Zone Editor, Catherine L. Tully
Freelance-Zone Editor, Catherine L. Tully

I used to read a lot more.

What about you?

I’ve always been of the mind that good writers should read a lot. And not just books, but pretty much everything they can get their hands on. I used to read brochures, marketing copy, advertorials, flyers, short stories and poetry.


Pretty much just magazines and stuff on the web. I’m not proud to say it either.

When I think about why, the same old story comes up–three words people use when they don’t have a better excuse–“I’m too busy”. But really? Isn’t that a lame way to say I just don’t make the time anymore?

I’ve decided to remedy this in the coming year. I’m not trying to get back to the days where I used to read 100 books a year (yes, it’s true–and I kept a running list of them too!), but I am committing to increasing the effort I put forth in terms of trying to read more. And just in case this has happened to you too, I”m going to share three little things I’m doing to up the time spent with my nose in print:

  • Put a book in the car. This is handy. I read when I get stuck by a train. I can grab my book and take it in with me if I stop for a cup of coffee. Bottom line is–it’s there if I have a spare minute or two. I’ve already read a book this way!
  • Get a few subscriptions. Even though I’m already reading magazines, reading more of them still counts. I’ve subscribed to a few and am going to flip through them in the evenings while I unwind.
  • Utilize your local library. I’ve gotten out of the habit of going to the library. Used to do it all the time. I’d read the backs of books to find one I liked, check it out and commit to reading the first two chapters to see if I liked it. It’s also a great place to sit and read. Quiet and comfortable.

What about you? Do you have any tips you can share with me–and with FZ readers? Are you still reading? Or are you like me–finding that it’s a challenge with all the things you do in a day…?