In the most case reader’s block is similar to writer’s block, only that you can’t find yourself focusing on reading or don’t know what to read versus not knowing what to write. Personally, I don’t have this problem because – to be perfectly honest – I don’t like reading. *GASP*
I know… I’m a writer but don’t read – how does that work?
When I say I don’t read, that mean’s I don’t read for enjoyment. I don’t find reading enjoyable… and never have. It takes a really special book (usually Mitch Albom related) to get me stuck in my papasan for hours reading. When I don’t have one of those tear jerking, heart wrenching, real to life books to get sucked into like a spider in the way of a vacuum I read non-fiction. These’s a usually research for my books, or how to improve my writing skills. This is also when I somehow find the time when I’m not wanting to write, work on my blog, market my books, or – you know – aren’t working nine-five at a desk job. From that, you can probably guess, reading in my life is rare.
Maybe my whole life’s a reader’s block.
Back in elementary school I read because I had to. My teachers expected it, my parents expected it. So, reading for me was always forced. When I started writing though, I got the opposite reaction from people telling me not to waste my time as it won’t take me anywhere… and so I latched on. There’s a famous saying that goes, “If you can’t find the book you want to read, write it”. So, that’s just what I did.
I know the world says to become a better writer you must become a dedicated reader.
I respect that but I don’t believe that is the only way. My talents came from practice. I spend every day writing and re-writing. The dictionary and that annoying red line on Microsoft Word taught me how to spell. Listening to educated professionals on podcasts or documentaries taught me how to develop my structure. Playing video games taught me how to develop my characters, build worlds, and write dialogue. In a time like this, there are more options to learn from than back in the time of Mark Twain or Virginia Woolf. With technology at our finger tips books aren’t the only way to improve your writing.
So, to answer the question – have you had reader’s block? Yes, I have but it doesn’t stop me from writing or finding my inspiration.