Reading and Writing

I’ve just noticed that January has gone by and I haven’t written a single blog post. I’m sorry about that. I’ve been reading and writing and just getting through this winter. Last year I established a goal of reading 12 different books throughout the year. With a month behind me already I’ve just started reading my third novel of the knee. I’ve been typing my own novel into the computer and it’s coming along well. I’ve also been working on a new screenplay as well, but it’s in the earliest of stages right now.

I’ve enjoyed reading. I curl up on the sofa with the light on and just spend the day reading. It’s true, you can’t be writer if you’re not a reader. Randomly select your books. My wife suggested by second book, The Modigliani Scandal by Ken Follett. It was one of his earliest works originally published under another name written in the mid-1970’s. I found it to be well written and an enjoyable read, but it wouldn’t have been something I would have selected to read. Next month the local community library is having it’s book sale. My wife and I donate some of our books to the sale before going in an buying several newer books. This year, I will be selected a couple novels completely at random.

The downside is I didn’t officially read a screenplay in January, however over the Christmas holiday I did read Birdman by Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. and Armando Bo. I enjoyed the screenplay (full disclosure, I haven’t seen the film yet) and it was very well written. I have six other screenplays ready to be read so I’m going to select one and read it before the end of February.

So remember, if you’re a writer, be a reader. Read everything you can and don’t be selective. Read everything the crosses your path. Everything you read improves your writing even a little bit.

One more thing, recently, I’ve started writing Star Wars articles for my favourite podcast, Geeks & Beats. Please feel free to read my articles over there. With so much happening in the SW Universe this year, I expect many more articles being submitted.

See you again soon,



One response to “Reading and Writing

  1. Great to see you back blogging, Steve. Absolutely agree with you: You have to read if you’re going to write. Glad to see you’ve been doing a little of both. I like a random book from time to time as well…It’s a good way to discover a new author or two and a way to broaden your own writing, by studying what other authors are doing. I’ve been doing more on the reading side than the writing side of late, though, which is something I’m going to be trying to turn around.

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