Kootenai River in NW Montana, near Canadian Border

Kootenai River in NW Montana, near Canadian Border
photo by Gene Tunick of Eureka, Montana

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Tip O'Day #37

My FB friends "Crimespree Cats" keep the advice simple: Be patient and read every day in your genre.

Dixon says: Man, I keep forgetting about that last part. Life is so frenzied with meetings, deadlines, networking, keeping in touch with friends and family...

But when I squeeze in some time for reading, the craziness seems to slow down a bit. It doesn't go away but it's a bit more manageable. And when I sit down to write, my Voice comes more readily. I'm not copying Robert B. Parker or Dutch Leonard or Richard Price or whoever I'm reading at the moment - it's my own unique narrative expression - but the Voice is more accessible when I've been reading within my genre.

1 comment:

  1. I've been thinking the same thing...I need to read more...and not just blogs and facebook updates!

    I sometimes feel a bit intimidated when I read any of my favorite authors while trying to write, though. Somehow I cannot imagine ever being as good as they are! :(

    But I do agree with you. Reading is so relaxing. It seems that it would make that voice be more accessible - just by not feeling so dang busy with all the crazy things life throws at us.

    Have a great weekend!

    Sharon :)