Before February was over I had finished six books from my 10 books Goodreads reading challenge. Well, actually 5 and a half books because I started one book late last year. For the past few years I read very little, and now my momentum has increased considerably. The challenge was exactly what I needed to recommit myself.
When I first wrote my Goodreads “to read” list I was flexible. I knew I would discover other books throughout the year, and so the list was not set in stone. Since then I have shifted my reading primarily to books about writing. These include books about the craft of writing and the proper mindset. I do not know what my future holds regarding career, but I do want to write regularly, be published, and possibly make some of my income from writing. In pursuit of that goal, I am learning what I can. Most recently I read James Scott Bell’s The Mental Game of Writing: How to Overcome Obstacles, Stay Creative and Product, and I think it contains valuable advice.
I also want to read some fiction. This serves my goal to develop my writing because I want to learn to write short fiction. I have never been good at writing fiction, but some ideas periodically nag me. I thought I should listen to that, and so I made the goal to get one short story published. Part of learning to write is reading what other people have written (both the well written and the poorly written) to see examples of what to do and what not to do. To this end I am now reading Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One.
I have self-doubt about this endeavor, especially regarding fiction, but I decided that I need to make real effort to achieve it. I will not say, “Oh, that will never work” and neglect to try.