Imbalance

As writers and authors, there’s always the stereotype of reading and writing the same day.

A writer always needs to read something, anything, at least a paragraph to charge the battery of the pen they own, I’ve read in countless articles.

Like every other writer out there, I’m also a book lover and yes I do love to spend my time curled up on my bed or my favourite sofa with one in my pyjamas and my hair in two plaits. I also like writing in the same attire.

But contrary to popular opinion, I really can’t write and read in the same day.

I don’t know what it is but the result of so many experiments is that I’ve never been able to read to my heart’s content or write to my heart’s content when I try to balance the two on a single day.

I either write an insane twenty pages or complete a 200 page book.

It’s a tendency of mine to get so involved with something to the point of obsession when I’m at it, and it has its own advantages and disadvantages. I think that’s why my pen gives birth to such long manuscripts. I become so obsessed with my fictional characters that I can’t help but dissect every single facet that makes them who they are and make sure they’re all displayed out in the webs of the story I construct around them. The funny thing is that I don’t realise they are long, until someone bulges eyes at me after receiving the answer to the word count. It’s weird, obsessive, and just the way I like it.

I can never ever write a short story, believe me.

So, I think that’s why I’m unable to read a book on the days I write. I’m too busy sculpting characters of my own that I don’t have time to read how the fictional babies of other writers are.

So how’s it for you?

Are you a writer who can’t balance writing and reading on the same day just like me or do you always make sure you read and write every day?  

Hope you’re healthy and safe.

Best,

Deepika 🙂

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12 Comments Add yours

  1. Ask me about it! Writing and reading at the same time. I am in awe on how you write extensively. Wowie!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Vishal. What is your routine? Do you write and read on the same day?

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      1. I do try to keep few days in reading blogs because of time shortage and write four posts a week! Sometimes tricky to do both on same days 😀

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  2. For me reading and writing goes hand in hand! And sometimes there is neither of them!! But mostly its both of them 😀

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    1. Haha, that’s nice, Moushmi 😁👌

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  3. kaby says:

    It varies from person to person in my opinion. If it’s popular, it doesn’t mean it will work for you. If you ask me, yes I also like to write. But believe me or not, I have never ever ever read anything except my school books. I just dislike reading! But love to write. I don’t know, but it works for me!….🙂🙂❤❤

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    1. You’re the first writer I’ve come across who claims to dislike reading 😀 Very different. But as long as it works for you, then I hope you write more and more 😁

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      1. bobby says:

        Yep….. That’s different…
        But whatever….
        I feel like I’m losing the writing as well…..

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  4. Well, currently? It’s neither! But, you know all about that.

    But, my usual routine is both at once. I cannot stop reading on the days I write, ESPECIALLY, on those days. Even if reading my favourite book puts me on the verge of giving up writing (‘cuz I feel worthless) altogether, I won’t skip it. I just choose to re-read old favourites instead of a brand new story, because, let’s face it, a brand new story is being formed on my writing desk anyway, and I read back many times while writing and not just till the previous page/scene. I sometimes sit around reading my book from the beginning and don’t even get to the writing part.
    😀

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    1. It’s a vicious cycle, actually. I read a favourite book, feel worthless, stop writing, then read a new book or do something that reminds me of my manuscript, then write again, go to read my fave book, and so on.

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  5. YES I FIND I NEED TO READ EVERY DAY AND LIKE A BOOK SERIES, I LIKE DONNA LEON WHO WRITES CRIME DRAMAS SET IN VENICE. I TEND TO GET SOME GREAT IDEAS IN THE EARLY HOURS, CHINA

    china.alexandria@livingthedream.blog

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    1. That’s so awesome, Alexandria!!

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