Alright, this post will be short because today my husband is going in for knee surgery--yuck--so I will be on nurse duty. So I'm just going to pose a question that I'm curious about.
Obviously, if you are a writer, you're also a reader. I can't imagine the two not going hand in hand. However, I have heard many writers say that while they are in the midst of writing (especially a first draft) they abstain from reading fiction so as not to muddle their own ideas.
I'm the opposite. I actually find that reading stimulates the same part of my mind as writing and helps me stay in the right mindset. When I stop reading, I often notice that's when I hit a wall with my writing. The only time that reading becomes detrimental to my writing is when the book is too good. Like with those Vampire Academy books I reviewed earlier this week--those were bad news for my writing. When I was supposed to be working on my WIP, I had my head buried in the books. Not productive--although quite enjoyable nonetheless.
So how about you? Does reading interfere with your writing or help it? Can you be actively reading something at the same time you have a new WIP going?
"Read My Mind" - The Killers