so i have something to confess.
i haven’t been reading often.
yes, a book blogger/reviewer who owns quite a lot of books and proclaims her love for it to the whole world and she’s not reading.
yikes. that’s me.
okay, let me rephrase that. i’m not reading as many books as before.
if you check my goodreads challenge, you’ll see i’m behind. if you check my bookshelf, you’ll see a lot of books unread.
great, isn’t it?
BUT, i do have an excuse.
i’m writing a novel. i’m trying to write a novel.
and when you’re doing that, it practically becomes your life.
“sorry mom, i can’t wash the dishes. i’m trying to write 400 words to get in track plus i have to outline a couple more chapters. oh yeah, i also have to rewrite chapter 1 because it’s just terrible but i’m writing my first draft so this is all pretty much terrible.”
i think my mom stopped listening after the word dishes.
i seem to be more focused on writing at least 200 words in the next 20 minutes than i guess, life. i am also concentrating on my studies. c’mon guys. who doesn’t want to have only 5 mistakes on her science exam? i do!
but i want to read more.
i’ve read about 3 or so books on january. that is not a lot for me. before, i usually read more than 7 books every month but when i started writing a novel, it became less than 5.
don’t get me wrong. i still love reading. especially when problems and life and misery try to get in the way, i search for a world to sink in. i still love the written word as much as i love writing the written word.
but reading isn’t priority for me anymore.
when i write my to do lists, i put write 200 words or make a reviewer for social but i don’t put read 6 chapters today or finish *insertbooktitlehere*. so when i finish all the tasks i have on my to do lists (which doesn’t happen often bc procrastination) that’s usually where i remember to read.
i feel so bad. i believe in order to be a great writer, you have to be a great reader. look who’s not following that.
i miss it. i miss getting so excited to see what’s going to happen next or crying over a character. i miss the feeling of the pages and the feeling of being in another world. i miss rolling my eyes at cliché romance and laughing on how much i hate this person. i miss the experience of an adventure and the emotions i get when i go on one.
i miss reading.
there’s a huge difference on being creative and receiving creativity. both benefit from one another if you do both. and i’m trying to do it.
so i’ve come up with three solutions to read more.
- procrastinate with reading. it’s normal to procrastinate. everyone did it and everyone still does it. but instead of scrolling through the dark corners of tumblr, why don’t i just pick up the book beside me and read it? i spent about 30 mins max procrastinating before i get mad at myself and if i used that time for reading, i would probably get to read a book every week! yes, that doesn’t get the job done but YOU STILL READ A BOOK. THAT IS PRODUCTIVITY IN ITS FINEST. plus, even if you didn’t get to do what you’re supposed to do on the deadline, at least you finished a book.
- read a chapter everyday. this is what i’m currently struggling with and IT IS HELPFUL. but how is reading only one chapter helpful? well, it reduces the pressure. you actually do it because you want to. and hey, it’s hard to only read a chapter everyday. that’s why i read about 3. once you actually start it, it’s hard to stop. i don’t think the problem is reading the book, it’s deciding to do it. sitting on your couch and opening the book. that’s harder than actually reading it – unless the book you’re reading is bad. the natural urge to keep on turning the pages will come out.
- read on a specific time. mine is usually after studying. that’s kind of my “break”. it starts to build a habit until NO ONE can ever disrupt your reading time. it usually lasts 30 minutes or if i’m busy, 10 minutes. BUT I STILL READ.
so, if you’re having the same problem as mine, do these 3 solutions to keep you right on track.
a big part of our lives. don’t forget that.