Do you want to read more? Be a better writer? Or just have a plan?
Then plan your reading!
Develop a reading strategy that will make the most of your time and help you develop as a writer.
Choose 24 Books
I had a 12 writing book goal at the beginning of the year. That is to read 12 books on the subject of writing. I am going to put another 12 on top of that, but fiction. You could choose 24 non-fiction or fiction, or just mash them up at whatever takes your fancy. That works out at roughly 2 per month - if we had started in January. But I am sure it is still doable.
Read some books in your genre, some outside your genre, read old books, read brank new books, read obscure books, read Pulitzer Prize books.
Don't read more than 2 books at a time. Any more than that, and whilst you might retain some info, if you want to check a fact or something, you might forget which book it was in.
Write a list of all the books you want to read. Pick 24 for 2017. Whenever a new book comes that you must read, add it to your long 'master' list, and you can read it in 2018 (or 2019 if your list is as long as mine no doubt will be!)
Imagine - do this every year and in 3 years time you will have read 72 books!! That is a lot of books.
Write down what you liked about a book. What you hated. Could you have written it better? How did it help you?
Then write your own story.
Now, don't think that 24 is the only number you can use. I know some who get through a book in a week. So add to it if you think you can. But remember that reading should be as much a joy as it is about learning.
And one tip I picked up, is to read 10 pages a day. I know, it sounds silly. But if I use the excuse 'I don't have time' (and we all know THAT excuse), I would never read again (well, I would but not as much as I'd like). So if you find yourself muttering those words when it comes to your reading, just read 10 pages. It doensn't take long, even for slow readers like me.
How do you go about reading? Anything to add? I would love to hear from you!