Friday, October 22, 2010

Fiction Friday: ON MY NIGHTSTAND...

...sits THE GHOSTWRITER by Philip Roth, MOCKINGJAY by Suzanne Collins (yep, still haven't finished it), and THE HAUNTING OF CHARLES DICKENS by Lewis Buzbee (arc). Those are just the newest ones. I'm not going to waste your time with any title on whose cover I can write my name in the dust.

Number of manuscripts I need to read for work between now and December? 6.

Odds of my finishing the books on my nightstand before Christmas? LOW (best I can do--not so great at math)

Now, I'm a fast reader and often go through several books in a week. However, I have not given myself any sort of real writing break since I began revisions on AUDITION this summer. I don't really want to though, occasionally, I wonder if I'm burning myself out. Problem is that there are only so many hours in the day and I'm lately giving most of them to writing. Thinking about getting back onto a strict regimen of reading at least one non-work title per week to kind of force myself to look away from my manuscript every once in awhile.

Can you read while you're doing intense revisions? Do you worry about writing burnout? Should I try to get back into a reading regimen? Are my questions bugging you yet...?


Tahereh said...

i know exactly what you mean. but sometimes it is a nice break (for me, at least) to read someone else's book while i'm writing or revising. it puts things into perspective for me and gives me new ideas -- it helps me see things i couldn't see before.


best of luck with everything!!

Stasia said...

Thanks for sending along some luck, Tahereh. Totally need it right now to make all my deadlines! - Stasia