I’m obsessed with buying books on writing. This picture only shows 1/4 of my “To Be Studied” stack of books on the craft. The books are purchased with all good intentions of being read from cover to cover, but time restraints limit my reading to searching the index for areas I need improvement and reading that chapter.
“The number of writing books you own is out of control, it’s kind of OCDish,” said recently, by Derek, my partner for the past 15 years. His remarks on Plot & Structure by James Scott Bell were, “This is the Holy Grail, read it once and then read it again, read it once a year.” In reality, the number of books in my TBR bookshelves out numbers my writing books, but who was I to bring that to his attention.
I have a plan for 2013, but I’m not calling it a resolution because resolutions have a tendency to fall by the wayside by mid-February, if not earlier. As much as I love to read fiction when I have downtime, I plan to alternate. Only after I’ve studied an entire craft book, will I reward myself by reading a book on my target genre. Afterward, I will once again immerse myself in another book on writing.
Is this a good plan? I’m curious as to the amount of time other writers spend on learning the craft, aside from writing, which I believe is one of the best ways to improve