Just a quick bit of news before the guest blog- I will be posting Part 1 of In My Mailbox tomorrow, but Part 2 won't be posted until Tuesday or Wednesday since I will be at home with my parents these next few days and I won't be able to see what comes in the mail today and also won't be able to record anything since my parents are always around, and then they'll ask questions and I don't feel like answering those questions, lol. I just recorded Part 1 after waking up this morning about half an hour ago so you'll get to see me sorta bleary-eyed and groggy. But I think I was understandable enough.
And now, the guest blog!:
Every writer I know is a reader. When someone tells me they want to be a writer I can tell if they are serious by looking for two factors:
1) They actually write instead of talking about writing; and
2) They read- a lot.
My parents were big readers. We made weekly trips to the library and our house was always stuffed with books piled on every surface. As soon as I was able to understand the concept that someone actually got to make up the stories in books, I knew I wanted to do exactly that. I've always been a book lover. A Reader with a capital R.
How to tell if you are a fellow Reader:
* The destination of your vacation often takes second place to what books you plan to bring with you for the trip
* When your favorite writers come out with a new book you greet the occasion with the same level of joy as a lover returning from the war.
* You have more than one bookshelf in your house stacked high with books.
* Right now next to your bed there are at least two books.
* You are an addict and bookstores are your crack house. You actually get the shakes when you walk near one.
* Your librarian knows you by name.
* If you meet someone who tells you they don't like to read you think they are shifty.
* When you find a new writer you like it is like a new love relationship. You are giddy to know their backlist, you hope they won't disappoint you, and you bore your friends by talking about them all the time.
* When you see a complete stranger reading a book by an author you like you feel an immediate bond with them.
* If you are ever trapped without something to read you will read anything. This includes genres you typically don't read, Popular Science Magazine, and the side of cereal boxes.
As a writer I know it is far easier to go back and read nothing but your favorite authors. It is something that I fall prey to myself. So many books, so little time. I encourage you to make one of your New Year goals to read someone you haven't before. Give a new writer a shot- you never know when you'll find a new love.