Have you ever lost that lovin' feeling?
Love seems an appropriate subject as we go into February. I think I may stick with it for a few weeks. This week I'll address love lost and how to get it back.
As you may be able to tell by the image above, I'm talking about losing the book love (Neal, honey, you can breathe a sigh of relief). I think this past month or so I'd lost my way a bit in regards to writing. I am beginning to recognize a pattern in myself. And the pattern in this: I get close to finishing a manuscript and I stop writing. I haven't analyzed exactly why yet. Maybe it's burnout, or maybe subconsciously I don't want the project to be over because I worry it won't be good enough or worth all the hours and hours I put into it. Maybe I'm just a huge procrastinator. But whatever the reason I found the cure...again.
Why do I say again? Because every time this happens it seems I have to re-remind myself of what made me want to start writing in the first place. Reading. I Love books. I love reading. I love sitting on the floor between the dusty stacks of the library and looking at spines with names of authors I've never heard of and thinking I might just find a jewel among them. I wonder if my new favorite book is waiting to be discovered.
Over Christmas I decided to do some reading. I set aside my writing and picked up a few books. I started with Catching Fire (are you all gasping, no I had not read it yet). I LOVED it, as much or more as the Hunger Games. I just have to give a shout out to Susan Collins (though she'll never see this, I'm sure), Thank you for reminding me how awesome a book can be! It seems that the title of that first Christmas read was appropriate because my desire to read was rekindled. For months I'd only wanted to write, but that changed. For the last couple of weeks I've been reading three of four books a week and I am in heaven. Oh, reading how could I have neglected you so?
What's more, my reading motivates me. I want to write after reading a good book. For some reason it's just a natural progression for me. So, though I don't know why I get the end-of-book-writer's-block, I now know the cure. Find something to read, duh!
How do you rekindle your love of writing or reading?