But I am always reading. Well, almost always. In those rare days when I'm between books, I feel so lost. It's an odd feeling. It surprises me how many people tell me they haven't read anything for months. How do they live? I haven't a clue.
I simply have so much to learn. And I can't learn it by only putting my fingers on my keyboard and typing away. I need to see how other writers have handled different problems or issues in their books. When I'm reading a book that I love, when it's like the sweetest and yummiest candy that I can't get enough of, I ask myself, "Why? Why do I love this so much?" or when I realize how much I care about a character, I again ask myself why. And how did the author do that?
Or when I find myself locked in the bathroom while my kids whine and cry on the other side and I reazlie I don't have much compassion for their suffering because I Have To Get To The End of The Book, I ask myself, "How can I write a book that makes readers neglect their responsibilities just so they can read my book longer?" Also I ask, "Are there any problems with my mothering skills?" Well, I am teaching them to love books...
So, what do you think? Do you read while you're deep in the thick of writing your WIP?