On writing vs reading

I am reading again. I am reading “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” I haven’t read anything like it before. The format is a bunch of letters to a friend. When I first realized that the formats are letters, I was not sure. I saw the movie before I read the book, so I was surprised at the format. A good story either way.

I also recently download the latest Harry Potter book: “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” The play format is not my favorite, but I decided to download it anyway. I am looking forward to reading it.

I, now, realize the importance of reading as an author.

I used to read a book or four a week. I spent most of my money I earned at the bookstore on new books. Luckily, I did not have to spend all my money. Since I worked in a bookstore and I had to recommend books, I got to sign out the odd book. I really enjoyed that job. If it wasn’t for Lichtman’s News and Books, then I would never have met Penny and I would never have moved to Vancouver, so it was kind of fate.

I took up writing again the last three years. I started with poetry. I used to write poems all the time when I was younger. I went from there to writing short stories and then my first novel something I never thought possible before.
I wish I could state that I was almost finished my second book, but I get distracted writing for my blog or my postings on social media. I have started the book and I have a partial outline, but that is all that I have written.

I am reading, but the question is, “How do I balance my time between reading and writing?” The answer is simple: Read on transit and write in the evenings, so this is what I intend to do.
——Robert Confiant 1 August 2016

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