FREE Kindle Book: Before You Quit Writing, Read This!

A writer friend gave me the heads up on this free Kindle download that was, in part, written by a friend of hers. I haven’t read it yet, but I did download it. Sounds like just the kind of thing to boost you up out of a slump. Enjoy!     before you quit

Before You Quit Writing, Read This! 23 Stories & Strategies to Keep You Writing

The Literati Writers (Author), Dave Ursillo Jr. (Author), Cate Spaulding (Editor), Stephanie Auteri (Editor)

From Amazon:

Before You Quit Writing, Read This! exists to keep you writing. A collection of 23 original stories and strategies from writers around the world who each wish to encourage you to experience a rewarding creative journey, Before You Quit Writing, Read This! is resource of motivation and personal inspiration that you can open at any instance of your creative journey when you hear that voice in the back of your head that tells you, “Quit. Quit now.”

This book exists because that voice is a liar. And that voice is telling you to quit only because you’re scared.

In Before You Quit Writing, Read This!, these 23 authors have but one message to share with you: “Friend, please do not quit.” Read More … 

 

Jamie Lee Wallace is a writer who also happens to be a marketer. She helps her Suddenly Marketing clients discover their voice, connect with their audience, and find their marketing groove. She is also a mom, a prolific blogger, and a student of voice and trapeze (not at the same time). Introduce yourself on facebook or twitter. She doesn’t bite … usually.

Write to live, read to write

What is the one piece of advice you see consistently in interviews with well known writers? Read. It seems obvious really, by reading we see examples of words well chosen or stories poorly crafted. Both are integrated into our thought patterns so that when we pick up a pen or settle in at the keyboard, the work we generate is influenced hopefully for the better by what we have read.

For the professional writer, there is more to it, hobbyists may write to capture their thoughts, or preserve family history, but If you are writing professionally, you want people to read your work. In the spirit of what goes around, comes around, if we want to be read, we need to read.

Like most of the writers I know, I enjoy reading. I enjoy cooking and exercising too, but lets face it, some days are so crammed with work and life, that dinner comes from a cardboard box and making time to walk the mailbox is a stretch. Finding time to curl up with a good book is out of the question. Still, no matter how many tasks I knock off my to do list, if I haven’t found at least 5 minutes to read something other than my email, the day feels incomplete. That said, I can be a little “ahem” obsessive when I get into a book, so I often hesitate to even start one. Here are a few ways you can incorporate reading into your daily routine.

Read Blogs You are here, so give yourself a pat on the back. The upside to blogs is that they are usually short and sweet. You can subscribe via RSS feeds, so that you are notified of new entries.

Subscribe to a Magazine. The operative word in that heading is a. I have a friend who ended her subscription to all magazine because she said the piles of back issues taunted her. Pick one, just one magazine. Most are monthly. Leave it in your car, by your desk or your night stand. Commit to reading one article a day or if you need to start slowly, one page a day.

Short Story or Essay Collections These are perfect for when I have a brief respite, but don’t want to get fully involved in a book.

E-books I have Amazon’s Kindle App on my iPhone and I have a Kindle. With an e-book reader I have reading material right at my finger tips, so when life’s little delays make an appearance I can consume a few hundreds words.

Read to your kids. Share a classic, or read what they are currently reading. Along with expanding horizons (yours and theirs), it provides you with time to connect.

Be a Volunteer Reader The ultimate double word score! Volunteer your time to read to an elderly person, or blind student. Contact your local elder service agency or university to see how you can help. Alternately, checkout Bookshare.org or RFBD.org.

I haven’t really covered any new ground with this post, but hopefully, I’ve offered a gentle reminder or perhaps the necessary justification for you to pick up the nearest printed word and get reading.