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For NaNoWriMo ~ Two Top 7 Lists November 3, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Humor, Word Play, Writing & Writers.


Top 7 Reasons Writers Don’t Read More:

7. They are too busy writing, writing, madly writing.

6. Their reading skills are rusty.

5. They are feeding Tweets to Twitter every 5 minutes (WWPD => 2456).

4. They are bleeding from self-inflicted wounds.

3. They’re worn out from inviting Facebook friends to “check it out.”

2. They are lost in a maze of amazing words.

1. They are daydreaming about writing fame and fortune.


Top 7 Reasons Writers Should Read More:

7. To take a break from writing, writing, madly writing.

6. To improve reading (and editing) skills.

5. To expand vocabulary and explore the amazing world of words.

4. To shift perspective and look through life via another lens.

3. To strengthen writing muscles by hearing other writers’ voices.

2. To imagine giving (and receiving) constructive criticism with panache.

1. Sheer enjoyment and escapism.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Do you read more than you write?  Or write more than you read?


1. Silver in the Barn - November 3, 2014

Self-inflicted wounds! YES!! I have remarked before that I am heading to the computer to flog myself through another post. And I love your list of why we should be reading, you’re absolutely right. I have noticed a marked decrease in my reading since I started blogging and it’s bothering me, honestly.

nrhatch - November 3, 2014

On writing: “I love being a writer. What I can’t stand is the paperwork.” ~ Peter De Vries

On reading: “There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates’ loot on Treasure Island . . . and best of all, you can enjoy those riches every day of your life.” ~ Walt Disney

2. granny1947 - November 3, 2014

I am lost without a book. Read nearly every day. If I can stay awake.

nrhatch - November 3, 2014

Whether writing or reading, I can become so “lost” that the world falls away and time stops. It’s a pleasant place to be.

3. Val Boyko - November 3, 2014

This is so good Nancy! So perceptive and true 🙂

nrhatch - November 3, 2014

Thanks, Val. As in all things, we benefit from B~A~L~A~N~C~E.

Val Boyko - November 3, 2014

A-G-R-E-E-D 🙂

nrhatch - November 3, 2014

To Balance!

4. NancyTex - November 3, 2014

Ooh, NH, I love this!
I took a self-imposed exile from WP last week to immerse myself in all things new job – and then spent half a day Sunday catching up on all my reading. Initially it felt like a daunting task – to catch up on so many missed blog posts – but in the end turned out to be a wonderful escape. I can definitively say that I read more than I write! (and this trend is sure to continue as I embrace this new modus operendi of blogging ONLY during non-work hours).

nrhatch - November 3, 2014

It’s great when what we’re reading grabs our attention and holds it so firmly that we lose track of time. The Great Escape!

Hope that you continue to enjoy the challenges of your new job, NT.

5. Kate @ Did That Just Happen? - November 3, 2014

I’m not a writer – but I was able to sit and read a book this Thursday night, it felt good to nourish my brain!

nrhatch - November 3, 2014

It’s great when what we’re reading feels like actual sustenance, expanding our perception and perspective.

It’s not so great when it feels like we’re slogging through slush.

6. katecrimmins - November 3, 2014

It depends. I read a lot and I write a lot. Sometimes more of one than the other depending on mood, inspiration, need for entertainment, etc. I do believe you need to read to improve your writing and ideally it’s best to read a wide variety of styles. Sometimes I just need a good cartoon!

nrhatch - November 3, 2014

Reading and writing are wonderful complements. It’s hard for me to write without reading or read without writing ~ both are a springboard to the other.

Cartoons are wonderful and succinct snapshots ~ love it when one makes me laugh out loud.

7. Don - November 3, 2014

I must say Nancy that I read more than I write and I really enjoy doing that. I don’t think that will ever change. I don’t have any aspirations as far as writing is concerned. I just enjoy it when I do it. 🙂

nrhatch - November 3, 2014

I love writing and reading and reading and writing, but have no aspirations to be “a writer.” That makes Word Play ALL PLAY!

8. Jill Weatherholt - November 3, 2014

I definitely read more than I write, but often my reading is really studying and dissecting in order to improve my writing. My dream is to take a week off from work and do nothing but read for pleasure. Aah,,,that would be better. 🙂

nrhatch - November 3, 2014

Here’s hoping you find the time, a comfy chair, good light, and an absorbing read to keep you company.

When it all comes together . . . it’s MAGIC!

9. livelytwist - November 3, 2014

Love this! I am reading alright, but I’m not reading as many books on my bookshelf as I would like. I am reading other blogs! Good? Bad? Dunno? 🙂

I schedule time to read the books I want to. I agree with the reasons why we should read plus this one: you can write a post about the book you’ve read or write a book review!

nrhatch - November 3, 2014

For the past year, I have been reading through my bookshelves (mostly non-fiction) and donating the “cast offs” to the library for their annual book sale. I only have a few left to read and my bookshelves are much happier without the excess weight.

For novels, I love “Beach Reads” from the library which can be kept indefinitely. So I grab a whole stack and read them at my leisure (without having to look over my shoulder to see who wants to read it next).

I just finished Hunger Games and enjoyed it much more than I thought I would ~ easy to say since I thought I would hate reading about kids hunting kids.

10. suzicate - November 3, 2014

I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately. The bonus is the books are FREE downloads to my kindle.

nrhatch - November 3, 2014

Woo Hoo! I have read a few Kindle Books on my PC (since I don’t have a Kindle). Reading at the computer is NOT as relaxing as curling up with a good book.

So, one day, I may break down and buy a Kindle that can join me on the sofa. 😎

11. Grannymar - November 3, 2014

I am a very slow reader – the word jump and I have to keep going back to the top of the page. I take breaks from reading to cook & eat, do my chores and blog my thoughts! I am a ‘Jack of all trades and master of none!

nrhatch - November 3, 2014

Even for faster readers, it’s good to takes break to eat, sleep, cook, do chores, and think thoughts.

12. Donald Miller - November 3, 2014

Excellent advice. Audio books are a good way for getting in more reading, especially if you spend most of your day in front of the computer like I do. Gives the eyes a welcome break.

nrhatch - November 4, 2014

Audio books are great for road trips!

13. jannatwrites - November 4, 2014

Funny! I go through spurts on reading and writing… but it’s always one or the other. I don’t have enough time to do both (and once I start a novel, nothing gets done until I read the last word… this is why I choose to read shorter pieces more often. The kids think they have to eat!)

nrhatch - November 4, 2014

Kids can be so demanding that way! 😛

Some novels are content to be read at a leisurely pace, while others crack the whip, urging us forward:

“Turn the page!”
“Just one more chapter!”
“You’re almost done . . . you might as well keep reading.”

14. brickhousechick - November 4, 2014

Great lists, Nancy! Does reading your post count as reading? 🙂 Ever since I started blogging, I read less. I mean, I read others’ blog posts but I haven’t read a book from start to finish in some time! I read the newspaper and articles daily. I guess I feel guilty about not reading books anymore. Sigh. 🙂

nrhatch - November 4, 2014

Reading blogs is a great way to get a change of perspective and hear different writers’ voices. And, sometimes, we even learn something. 😎

But the continuity of a book is nice too.

15. Three Well Beings - November 4, 2014

I can’t imagine being without a good book, and I read a lot. But I dont read nearly as much as I did before blogging! I’m nourished differently by blogging, however, and I don’t want to let go of reading and connecting and learning what others have to share. I fantasize that I can do without as much sleep! Given a try every now and then, I just fall asleep with the book hitting the ground! 🙂

nrhatch - November 4, 2014

Most of the time, I read books for an hour at night before light’s out. During the day, I stick with shorter fare. But once in a while, I just grab a book, curl up in a comfy chair, and read, read, read!

16. diannegray - November 4, 2014

I really need to get back into reading. I must say, I’ve been very lost lately – not reading OR writing. At the moment I’m sitting here watching the hawks flying over the freshly cut sugar cane. I’m sure ‘Daydream’ must be my middle name 😉

nrhatch - November 4, 2014

Watching hawks flying over the freshly cut sugar cane sounds like a great way to “noodle” through the day.

17. ericjbaker - November 4, 2014

Nice to see my dad lent you his typewriter for the lead photo.

You think I’m joking. I’m only half joking. Oh, dad.

nrhatch - November 4, 2014

That’s a fine looking item, EJB!

I remember when I got my first computer thinking I better hold on to my typewriter ~ for envelopes, application forms, etc. But that meant keeping typewriter ribbons, carbon paper, and correction tape on hand.

So I ditched it!

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