Writing Wrongs

May 17, 2007

Booking Through Thursday

It happens even to the best readers from time to timeÖ you close the cover on the book youíre reading and discover, to your horror, that thereís nothing else to read. Either thereís nothing in the house, or nothing youíre in the mood for. Just, nothing that ďclicks.Ē What do you do?? How do you get the reading wheels turning again?

You know, this is why, in part, I started to write. I wanted something made to order, not what someone else wanted to read, not what publishers (or their marketing departments) thought I wanted to read.

By that same token, I do realize that no one else may want what I do and/or write. Just because I love blueberry and anchovy pancakes doesnít mean anyone else will. (Actually, I made that up and Iím not the least bit tempted by that combination.)

A lot of people have mentioned returning to old favorites. Thatís a good tactic, I think. I try to avoid a reading slump by ďreading aroundĒ which is not even close--morally or physically--to sleeping around. I know series are meant to be read one after the other, but thatís a one way ticket to burnout for me.

To avoid this, Iíll limit myself. If a beloved author has a new book out (especially if sheís still working toward being established), I will buy right away, but I might not read until much later.

Sadly, I burnt out on Sue Grafton. And Patricia Cornwell, too (although something happened around book 5 that felt wrong to me and I stopped in the middle of it).

So, I try to vary my reading material. Because once burnout happens, I canít go back. That being said, I recently discovered Alice Hoffman. (Yes. I know. Iíve been under a rock. But think of the backlist!) I donít think Iím ever going to get tired of her. Still, Iím not being exclusive.

Just call me a wanton reader.

Charity Tahmaseb wrote at 1:49 p.m.