Fill 'er Up

I spend more time writing than I do at my pay-the-bills job (which, luckily, I enjoy), and there are times when I get on a writing jag and reading takes a back seat. I tell myself that I don't have time to read because I have a novel to finish. This can become a problem when I'm submerged in the creative process of writing (as opposed to the editing/revision stuff), because to be able to write, I must read.

When I don't read, my entire creative process suffers. My storyline begins to feel forced and I get writer's block and all that annoying psychological crap that makes writing - the thing I most enjoy doing - not so enjoyable. Reading is how I fill up, top off, put a flame to, however you want to think of it - my ability to create. I don't know why this is, I only know that it is. Someone told me recently that Stephen King spends four hours a day reading and four hours a day writing. I know exactly why he spends that amount of time reading. He's filling up.

On that note, I'm off to balance my writer-self by happily tackling the teetering stack on my nightstand (timely Amazon delivery today: Where She Went, Saving Francesca, Liar, After Ever After and Will Grayson, Will Grayson), plus all the stuff labeled New! on my Kindle.

Tammara Webber

New York Times and international bestselling author of contemporary romantic fiction