The most common advice from other writers is: “If you wish to be a writer, then you must read.”
Great advice, wonderful advice! The act of reading allows one: to compare different writing styles and forms, new ideas and avenues, and the use of grammar.
When to find the time? This is the challenging part. With all the demands on my time, I find it difficult to read. In these past few weeks, I have worked full-time, I have tried to spend time writing, I have spent time trying to learn French, and I finally found time to read (at the sacrifice of other interests). It is hard to balance the duties, interests, and demands on my time.
I believe that is what it is all about: One cannot do it all. One needs to balance and to trade off on one’s many activities and duties. I just find this frustrating at times. For example, to find time for reading, I had to forgo my time spent on writing and/or learning French. I would like to do it all, but I am finding this an impossibility.
I guess life is like this; it’s all about trade offs.
—Robert Confiant 28 January 2017 (mod 25 March 2018)