I can’t believe it’s been three weeks since I shared my latest reads. But, to be honest, all of my reading plans went out the window. Well, not out the window; they just went so slow that I had to re-read chapters to remember what happened in the days since I’d last read.
I go through the odd month of barely getting any reading done, but I’d thought that wouldn’t be an issue given that I was reading two of my favourite authors. But, I know why I’ve struggled to get much reading done.
Okay, that last statement sounds like I did some deep thinking about the issue and came up with some startling revelation… nope. As I was reading my Fun read–a book I know I love because I’ve read it multiple times–I suddenly remembered that I don’t read fiction when I’m writing fiction.
It probably sounds insane. Wouldn’t reading fiction, especially a well-written novel in my genre, be helpful? For me, no.
While I was writing my scenes, I noticed a different tone slipping in. It was present in the narrative, the dialogue, and the characters. It wasn’t a crappy tone. It was just a bit darker than mine and with less humour. Basically, it wasn’t suitable for my story. (H. R. D’Costa calls it tone tampering.)
So, with my lesson learnt, I’ve decided to give fiction a by while I’m in writing mode.
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The Work Read
Midpoint Magic on Kindle (£6.99)
Midpoint Magic on Kobo (£6.99)
The Fun Read
Once I’d recalled that tone tampering was a thing and that it had affected me, I had planned on putting this book on hold until I was finished writing. But I couldn’t do it. I had to finish it. There was no way I was walking away from Bastien and Chloe’s happy ending–especially with the blood and violence to get there. I’m still in the warm fuzzy glow of it as I write 😊
If you want to get stuck into a dark romantic suspense series filled with heroes who do what has to be done, get reading the Ice Series by Anne Stuart–starting with Black Ice. Oh, and if you do, you can thank me later when you move onto her Fire Series and meet my favourite character of hers, James Bishop, in Consumed by Fire. 💖
Black Ice on Kobo (£3.49 on Kobo)
Black Ice on Kindle (£2.99 on Kindle)
The Me-Time Read
Well, with fiction off the menu, I think it’s time to bring back my Me-Time books.
I’m starting back with book three of John Braddock’s A Spy’s Guide series. Book three is all about taking risks. In it, we get to see the inner thoughts of a spy as he navigates the world of his mission as he travels under an alias for the first time.
A Spy’s Guide to Taking Risks on Kindle (£2.11 or free for KU subscribers)
Do you have times when you have to avoid reading fiction or non-fiction? What do you replace it with?
I’d love to hear your reading plans for the next week…
Until next time, take care, and happy reading!