Fit Reading In


I’ve been getting myself ready to do a whole love of reading.
I really want to fit more in, because like a lot of famous writers say, almost to a nauseating degree, reading is very important to a writer.

To anyone, really.

You can learn a lot from the words that create scenes in your head: different cultures; different points of view; entertainment; structure for writing; and so on.

But there’s more.

It feeds your imagination and sparks new ideas.

It can be your best friend in hard times, or a companion on a lonely night.

So, that’s why I want to get more of it in. The only thing is it seems so daunting with how many daily obligations I have. Life (which I don’t want to miss any more than I have to), work, and the various things I do. Blogging, YouTube and writing.

It’s hard.

But I've read a few articles which break down the mental aspect of reading. Sort of hacks, if you will. 

I took from that and will explain it like this:

So lets say you sit down and take a good half hour to read something. You can do it even with fifteen minutes, but that might not be enough time to get into it.

Within a half an hour you get, lets just say, 15 pages read.

So you go with that. Half hour. Or lets make it easier. 5% is read in half an hour.
If it's your thing, you use the restroom, or some other mundane task and knock off another 5%. Everyday to work, hour commute? You should get 10%.

So you figure, right there in just a week of commuting should be a whole novel. That’s if you read nonstop going both ways. But if you throw in a half hour here and there, it add up.

You could even do 15 minutes, when you get more comfortable with it and read faster.

For me, the first few minutes I read slow, until I get into a flow. So as I get into the swing of things, my percentage may go up and I’ll knock out these books faster.

There are many other tactics, but I dig the one I’m going to do.

Because reading is very important.

Let’s see how it works.

How do you get reading in, or is it pushed off for another time that never really comes?

Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter  @WCMarchese.

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