I checked out books from the library, but couldn't get them all read before they were due. Previously, I read about two, maybe three, books a week.
This is what my current stack of books-to-be-read looks like....
I used to sneak away and get lost in the covers of whatever book I was devouring at the time. During the day I'd think about the characters and what I thought might happen next. And I couldn't wait to get back to them. Often I'd spend a large chunk of my writing time reading.
But not now. And it dawned on my what was going on. (yes, sometimes I'm pretty thick)
Finally, I want to write my book much much more than I want to read other's books. I sneak away every chance I get to jot notes about magical devices, wicked creatures or funny characters. I'm outlining chapters, layering clues and dropping hints which lead to a massive twist. I love a good twist. And I think about my characters and what will happen next to them all day. I think about the happy moments they'll have. I think about their secrets and wants. I think about the trouble they're making for themselves. And I think about their trials. How does this make them feel? How do they react? How does this bring more trouble their way?
I love this. I love that I'm finally more excited about my books than the shiny books from the library. And that's not to say I'm giving up reading. No, that would crazy. But right now, reading doesn't have the same pull for me as writing. However, hopefully I can find the time to dig into, at least, a few of those in that stack before they have to go back. Because there are some really brilliant looking books in that stack.
So, what about you? How do you keep the balance? Does reading eat at your writing time? Or are you already obsessed (like me) with your own book and don't find the time to read?