There are multiple purposes for this blog. First, I'd like to share with you how mental illness can interfere with or enhance the writer's life. Second, I want to explore a more disciplined approach to the writing life. This blog will hold me accountable as I navigate story throughout my battle with mental illness.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Reading Routine Redux

Once upon a time, I had a certain plan in place to help me get through some of my books and to read widely.
I never implemented that plan and instead, my ADD and OCD get in the way, and I can't focus enough to start anything at times.

I am now reinstating that plan which is... to alternate reading 3 books at a time. One can be a nonfiction book about writing, one fiction novel (usually similar to my writing which is scifi), and one general nonfiction book. The non-writing nonfiction I have in mind is about Eastern religions or philosophy.

The only time I can stray from this is if I need to read books for research on my WIP.

Here are my 3 books I'm working on now:

Writing - How to be a Writer by Barbara Baig
Nonfiction - Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E Frankl
Fiction - Fools' Experiments by Edward M Lerner

Do you have some kind reading guideline similar to this? What do you think about this approach?


  1. I'd be interested in seeing a follow-up post as to whether this works well for you or not.

    I have tried reading several simultaneous books in the past, but it never works for me. I always abandon the other books and only follow one to completion. So for now, I follow one book at a time. If this does work, though, I'd also like to see tips because if I read this many books I get distracted and may even forget the characters in a fiction book.

  2. uh oh! I've got to be accountable now. It's not easy for me to read this way. I've tried before and it didn't work out. However, it would be efficient if I can pull it off. I'll definitely give you tips if I'm successful.