I have a confession that I need to make:
I haven’t read a book in well over a year.
Am I proud of this fact?
Do I have a valid excuse for this?
How can a writer be a true “writer” without reading books?
Probably still a writer, but not a very good one.
What I have been doing is reading lots of online magazine/news articles, and blog posts.
Would these count as productive reading?
I believe so; especially if one of my goals is to be a citizen journalist. Oh, and a blogger as well.
I still consider myself a short-story writer, and a poet. I also desire to complete a novel. Here’s where I run into difficulties. With my waning vision, it’s a growing challenge to read books. For some reason, I don’t have as much problem reading online than I do on paper. It’s the lack of the right lighting. The words seem to waver in print and after a few pages, my eyes are too exhausted to continue.
Out of frustration, I stopped reading books altogether.
As a result, I felt like I was short-changing myself and my readers.
Then I read a post on a particular blog aptly titled- Like to write but don’t like to read? Help is here. After reading this, I was filled with hope and excitement. The author, Lisa, talks about two types of writers: reader-writer, and writer-writer. One writer reads lots and lots of books; while the other one does not. Lisa considers herself to be a writer-writer. Her reason?
“I love words but have trouble reading them.”
What did she do? She began to listen to audiobooks.
“I find that hearing the words read aloud and visualizing them in my mind actually helps me to find new ways to put my own thoughts together.”
So, I’m going to experiment with audiobooks on my own. I recently discovered (and have signed up for) a program called Talking Books where audio books are provided by the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS).
In the near future, I will provide my own feedback on this. Stay tuned!
What about you? Do you think audiobooks can benefit writers?