I’m four days into my first every Camp NaNoWriMo and all I want to do is read.
Writing is hard. Super hard.
And having a challenge and the accountability of NaNo is so, so important. Especially for me. I’m a serial starter. I have so many story starts and novel starts, but no completed fiction. Why? Because it’s so hard. And I get distracted by books that have already been written. (Seriously, just ask my writing buddy Kim.)
But I just started a book that I’ve been wanting to read for ages (okay…like six months, since I read the first one after hearing about it for ages…) and all I want to do is keep reading it. I read 119 pages today during my commute (hooray for public transit reading time!) and my lunch break (thank you union for mandating one hour reading breaks!).
HOWEVER – I signed up to write 50,000 words this month. And I WILL NOT fall (further) behind today. I WILL write tonight. After I write this blog post. And then, and only then, will I allow myself to read more of Heir of Fire. That’s right. The book I started reading this morning is the third instalment of the Throne of Glass novels. I had this one on hold at my local library for three months. THREE MONTHS. And you can bet, when I got the email last week that it was finally waiting for me, I did not hesitate to go pick it up. But then I had to wait until we had moved all our stuff from our apartment to our new house and unpacked the kitchen and the clothing and done laundry and bought hand soap and toilet paper for all the bathrooms, before I could pick it up and read it.
So now, my friends, I ask you, how do you focus on writing when you want to be reading?