Like many writers, I have a day job. As of Monday of this week, I now have two (at least for a short period of time). I took a freelance editing job with really tight deadlines, and, while the extra money is great, the extra work (as expected) has sucked up an amazing amount of my surplus time. For the next several weeks, I don't have a life...which also means that my reading life is suffering.
Reading is so important to me. In fact, whenever someone asks me to tell them about myself, one of the first identifiers I throw out there is "READER." I hadn't thought about this until recently. I was listening to an episode of the "Reading Lives" podcast, and I heard the host ask the guest something like, "When did you start to self-identify as a reader?" It was almost shocking to hear. And then I realized that being a reader is totally part of the way I look at my identity.
And...bringing this back to the opening of my post...I think not having as much time to read right now is really making me look at the important role reading plays in my daily life, as well as the way my creativity suffers when I don't read for pleasure.
When Sylvia Day came to our Readers' Luncheon this past year, she discussed the important role reading plays in her creative life. I am realizing the same is true for me. When I am not reading, my writing life/creative life suffers.
I realize this will be short term, but I will be so glad when I have the luxury of going back to my "routine" of having plenty of time to read, think, and create.
So what about you? What feeds your creativity? Leave a comment below and let us know!
Susan Sierra is a historical and contemporary romance writer. She loves books and old letters, adores her dog and family, and has a deep and committed love affair with coffee. She spent time as an undergraduate studying (having fun) in Mexico, went on to work for a large regional magazine as a copyeditor, and then decided that she hadn’t tortured herself enough in life...so she went to graduate school. After many years, she walked away with a PhD and an unhealthy relationship with Charles Dickens. She hopes to complete her first full-length novel in 2015. Follow me on Twitter!!