Also, I’ve noticed that when I’m busy writing a lot (even if non-fiction), I can’t get my head around much reading. I have a huge pile of fiction ebooks to get through, but never get around to opening up the kindle app, and just sitting there to read – not without another idea popping into my head which I have to go attend to.
There’s even some actual p-books lying around calling for my attention. And not getting it. Besides, after hours of operating a keyboard or even tapping on an ipad, who wants to manouvre those tired finger-bones around to holding a paperback? It actually can be a little painful to rest a paperback book on your hands for a while. Just me?
Or is there something about the physicality of writing that prevents other activities? No, perhaps it’s a combination of the mental and physical strain that does it.
Most people who don’t lead a writer’s life may not understand that side to it – the mental strain of dealing with ideas, generating words, visualising scenes, fighting off inner talk…oh, did I mention the jumble of ideas? (yeah, duplicated).
With fiction writing – it’s a little different. New ideas have a limited place when churning out that first draft of something. I’ll simply jot them down somewhere, and get on with what I’d planned. But because I’m heavily into non-fiction at the moment, new ideas are needed. I’m prepping for a large series. I still need ideas. So, they get listened to. And fast – because they tend to have hissy-fits if I don’t notice them quick enough.
Busy, not reading, and fighting off pesky ideas.