If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that. – Stephen King
We couldn’t say it better than that! Reading is one of the best educations for writers, and it’s something you should do as much as possible. Last week, AuthorHouse presented five tips for finding time to read in your busy schedule, and today we continue with five more (you can read that post in our Author Advice section).
Have a book handy at all times. There are hidden moments throughout the day (waiting in the dentist’s office, riding on the train, etc.) but you’ll only be able to take advantage of them if you keep a book with you at all times… either a physical book or an e-book on a mobile device. Don’t leave home without it!
Limit your time on social media. We like social media as much as the next person, but nothing makes time vanish (with nothing to show for it) like a Facebook newsfeed. Schedule a session or two each day to log on, but avoid it at other times. You’ll be amazed how much time you’ll free up.
Give audiobooks a listen. Commute time is a great opportunity to read if you’re on a train, but tougher if you’re the one behind the week. Consider audiobooks instead of music or talk radio. It takes some concentration, but hey… developing better concentration skills never hurt anyone! Just keep your eyes on the road while you enjoy your favorite author.
Try speed reading. If you have a limited amount of time to read, then doing it as quickly as possible will give you the maximum return on your time investment. Even just learning some basic principles can help you improve your reading rate. Just remember that enjoying yourself is the priority; make sure that you don’t sacrifice comprehension and pleasure for speed.
Alternate between books. Sometimes we get bogged down in the book we’re reading and we put it down for something else (usually TV or a movie). Why not make that “something else” another book? There’s no rule that says you can only read one book at a time. Try jumping between books of different genres—sci-fi today, nonfiction history tomorrow. It might help keep both stories fresher in your mind.
Give our tips a try and keep the ones that work for you.