I’ve noticed that when I’m writing a lot, I’m much less enthusiastic about reading. I’m wondering a little if the two tasks use the same part of the brain, or something, because I keep going to my TBR shelf, staring at it a while, even picking a book up, and then going “glglgh” and putting it back down again. I’ve found myself far less willing to go ahead and plow through a book I don’t think is very good. I’m even inclined to re-read more than tackle new books, possibly because it’s already familiar. None of this, of course, is any good for my TBR shelf, which has gotten to be over a hundred books again.
It’s not that the good stuff can’t draw me in, because when I sat down to read SUNSHINE the other day, I really didn’t want to do anything else but read it because it was so wonderful. But boy, it’s a lot harder to curl up with a book, if I’m writing a lot. If I need a break, I keep finding myself thinking, “…or I could watch some Highlander instead,” and doing that.
Do other writers have this problem? Sarah said she did.