Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

A Writer’s Obsession

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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

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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, will release in March, 2017. It's now able for pre-order on Amazon. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

6 thoughts on “A Writer’s Obsession

  1. I can’t help myself from reading books about writing; famous authors on writing and just plain self help books, sometimes when I read famous authors tips and tricks, I prefer their self help non-fic than their fiction. So to answer your question, yes I read about writing and spend more time on ‘learning’ about writing than actually writing. And, sometimes it feels like procrastinating, because it is actually fun πŸ™‚

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    • I appreciate your comment, Sofia. I’m hoping once I get into the habit of studying my craft books, I’ll get to a point like yourself, where it will be fun. I guess I’ve been procrastinating in that area myself. πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. I have a loft space filled with books on ‘How to write’ which have been moved there as my wife hates them taking up space downstairs. They are all pristine, cared for and mainly unopened. I’m hoping to get round to reading them sometime soon but I also have about 30 story books to read too and I’m trying to talk myself into buying a Kindle.
    I’m a hopeless bookaholic
    Good luck with yours

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    • Ha ha! We must be related, Steve. I have about 60 or more fiction books to be read and like you, I was just checking out Kindles on Amazon this past weekend. At least we can admit to our addictions. πŸ™‚ Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Bird By Bird is wonderful! πŸ™‚

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