We rarely get snow days in Florida, but yesterday was as close to one as they come. No, it wasn't cold or frosty, but we had one of those storms cross the state that brings rain, wind, tornadoes and a dark and gloomy day. The kind of day to stay in bed and read a good book.
All the writer magazines suggest to be a good writer, one needs to read--a lot. I've been really lax in that area and my writing suffered because of it.
Two weeks ago, a friend gave me Jodi Picoult's newest book, Handle with Care, to read. I've been nursing that book like a new baby. I don't want it to end.
But what I've noticed is this: when I read what another author has written, it motivates me to write better. I learn about style, see how they describe a scene, develop their plot.
What better way to enjoy a snow day than to improve my own writing?
And it works--I'm happy to report that since I started reading again and making the time to add that pleasure into my schedule, my writing time has also increased. I've only got a few chapters left to read in Jodi's book, but I've got another one lined up ready and waiting.
Are you enjoying a snow day today?