So for all of us book nerds, we know how there is nothing like picking up a good book and getting completely lost in it. Reading can take us to other worlds we didn't know existed or it can simply ignite our spark. The spark that helps propel our writing.
So you all know our story, we're moms who blog, work, raise our boys and we are working on novels. The chaos of everyday life can get to us too and sometimes we find it hard to get motivated. Life is not easy and there is no instruction manual for these types of things you just need to keep going. One thing that has always helped my writing when I am feeling weighed down is reading.
It doesn't matter what genre I pick up because any of them have helped inspire me in different ways. Sometimes I will pick up a romance book with a sappy story that I know will make me sad but that plot has helped me get an idea with my own love story in my novel or why I need a situation to be more tragic for my readers. Other times I pick up a Sci-Fi novel and reading about powers or other worlds gives me an idea on adding a power to my characters or changing one altogether.
You see when you look at your own work too much you can lose focus of what your intentions are for your readers and your characters. When you take that break and read something that isn't your work somewhere in the back of your mind an idea occurs for your own work and often times it can be that missing link you couldn't find. We find inspiration in others work so it only makes sense that reading can improve your character growth, your world building, your realism and the magic you want to bring to life.
Another great thing about reading is how you can pick up on different writing styles and then you can think about what you want your writing style to be. What is it that makes you excited and what is that makes you passionate. When we have fallen in love with someone else's story, it often helps set the tone for our own.