I did find that when I took a break from writing, my desire to read for fun picked up as well. Does this happen to anyone else?
But in your case, it could very well level off and you could enjoy reading again. I find that sometimes it's hard to read when I'm super hardcore working on my own stuff and vice versa if I am reading a book that has completely captured me it's hard for me to write. Usually in the latter cases I will end up writing in the style of the book I'm reading cause I'm so stuck in that story, haha.
John Wrote: I did find that when I took a break from writing, my desire to read for fun picked up as well. Does this happen to anyone else?Somewhat, but I still read. I'm not the type to suffer over words, so when I write, I'm usually just lost in my own head, so writing to me is reading, especially since I almost never plan stuff out ahead of time.
I went to public library to read about history, geography and all those texts never taught in school.
I read more about other's writing for review swap and when met new writer friends, i have to read their stuffs so that they will help read my stuff.
the reading amount really increased significantly when previously i only read for leisure.
Now, i read to learn, to exchange thoughts and to improve myself.
it's a whole new level of reading.
I'm hanging out for the day I finally finish my story so I can take a break and put my other hobbies ahead of writing obligations. It's been a while.
So now I consume a few different stories at once.
A couple of web novels, an audiobook, and trade off between e-books and physical books.
I read comics and the likes, but books? Somehow it doesn't resonate with me as much anymore. Even more so since I've been writting more seriously.
Maybe it has something to do with my writting and the writting in those stories being too similar yet different that just makes the experience uncomfortable. A bit of a mental uncanny valley if you will.
It's the format that gets me. If I'm unconcsciously thinking about the ten last cliffhangers in my Follow list, I won't be able to concentrate n writing. If I read something that has a proper ending, it's not so bad, because I can just binge a book in a day or two and then go back to writing.
Waurpel Wrote: Maybe it has something to do with my writting and the writting in those stories being too similar yet different that just makes the experience uncomfortable. A bit of a mental uncanny valley if you will.
Well, coincidence happened. And that's my stuggle too when dealing with close groups of authors. Sometimes we came out with similar concept by coincidence.
But not all writers feel okay with such things. Some purely paranoid about being copied or plagiarised until they left or blocked one another. While the readers completely notice it was just the similar concept used.
I always remind myself not to worry too much about similarities. Since my own writings were heavily inspired. The final goal should write sincerely, and enjoy the process of it. As simple as that.
And mind you I do tend to read more trad. published books than web fiction. Web fiction doesn't really help me get back into the mind space of creating. Or I've not found the web fiction novel that does it. I do tend to seek out novels that relate to what I am writing as it helps out the most.
My standards have gone up the more I write, it's harder to switch off editor mode when reading for fun... I often find myself mentally rewriting awkward phrasing or tinkering with flow more when reading, but I still love a good story as much as ever.
Like you said, my reading gauge is going down when I'm writing. If I'm not writing, I can read no problem.
And I still work (sorta).
I have written 5 plus novels in 2 years, read those roughly 3,800 pages 6-8 times... and toss in some other published books, and stuff I read about industry.
That's a workload. So deserving of REST is more the thing why I don't read as much as I once did.
Still, I try and read some other stories, just to try and understand the way they write. I think it's a good idea to keep your own writing juices flowing, helps reset yourself if you're stuck, y'know?