I realized that I haven’t read that many novels this year and I was thinking “man, I really don’t read any more,” and I was planning a blog post exploring that.
So I thought about it. And, yes, I haven’t read that many novels. But not reading any longer? I read on average 3 to 4 hours a day at work. I do some reading at home â€“ mostly history stuff or articles on the internet â€“ but mostly at home I am listening. I’m listening to podcasts, to the radio, and to recorded lectures.
What I’m not reading or listening to is fiction. Not sure why that is. I do still read some short fiction or novel excerpts, but I rarely read novels. When I do read them, they tend to last for a while because my reading tends to be 20 minutes on the bus in the morning going to work. On the way home? I’ve been reading all day, so I rarely read on the way home.
I guess the big question is: is this a problem? Considering that I read for enjoyment, no. No it is not a problem. Now, were I to get back into writing regularly and for submission, it might be a problem. The only way to know the clichÃ©s and tropes of your genre is to read in your genre. An effective way to improve your genre writing is to read outside your genre. Were I writing to submit, not reading would be a problem.
But I’m not. So it’s not.
It is, however, extremely weird.