You, anyone who wants to be a writer, may have heard, or read, that if you want to be a writer, you should read a ton of books. It’s the only way we can learn how to write, to understand what kind of material we enjoy. And I agree that writing without reading just a bits nonsense.
For that matter, I’m very disappointed with my self. Year 2011 has reached into middle February, and how many books I read this year?
And it’s fiction, titled One Day, by David Nicholls.
I can’t say it’s a boring book. It’s a romantic comedy genre. It shouldn’t be boring right? Aside the fact that I need dictionary companion while reading this book and made me exhausted. If only I have Iphone and it’s camera-dictionary-translation so I can translate faster, and read faster… #wishful thinking
Although I’m only reading one book this year (yet) and just start another writing project. I still have a goal to published 33 books before I die. ( I have published 3. 30s more to go)
So what’s my excuse for not reading more books?
Well, the points of reading for writer is learning the craft and enriching material.
Apparently these days we can get it from other source. Movies, songs, and the most enriching source are from living a life, experience new things.
Experience new things shouldn’t have to do with something big, like vacation to Greece (although I keep it on my dream) Small things like: Get lost in a road you never walked before. Have lunch in a place you never dine-in before, learn new song, trying new coffee blend. It’s all worth experience for writer.
And I believe new experience way much better than reading a boring book.
Note for writer (ie, me): Don’t write something that made your reader lost interest in the first page, put it back into bookshelf, and never take it until the next bookswap event.
We have to concern more to the reality that book has lost many readers these days. This is an Internet era. Things happen fast. People love enjoying something simple, short, and fast: Laughing to funny tweets, stalking interesting people, playing Angry Bird game on IPad, read simple and enriching article on Internet. Computer and Internet aren’t for nerd anymore. And TV show has theirs own groupies.
Aside of reading only one book this year, I read hundreds interesting article. Also read The Social Network Screenplay. It was AWESOME. I love it. And I’m glad read it before I watched the movie which probably only took 2 hour.
I have to say read 120 pages TSN screenplay in two days, taught me more things about writing than reading some books.
So, just because I don’t have anything else (yet) on my book list doesn’t mean I stop learning. The key to improve our craftsmanship is never ending learning, from whatever source, and off course to not stop practicing. Write.
okay i’m not really only read one book and one script, I have few books that i haven’t finished reading yet… Some of those books are.
- The Help (Kathryn Stocket) english language edition. Since english is my third language, i think reading this book make my english worst, there are so many grammatical errors. I assume it’s the syle of the character… since there are so many character written from first person…
- The Girl With Dragon Tatoo (Steig Larsson)
- Great Expectation (Charles Dickens)
- Black Swan (Non-Fic)
 Note: English is my second language. Third actually. Family communication use Banjar language, Indonesian language at school, plus Java language while studying in Jogja. It’s really hard being Indonesian, there are too many language to learn.