Posted by: oneyearbook | June 27, 2009

Seven lessons to learn from my failures, Part VI

We’re supposed to learn lessons from our failures. I mean, that’s what people always say when they want someone to feel better about something going wrong – ‘you’ll know for next time,’ that sort of thing. So I’ve been thinking it over. I talked about some of the reasons my first manuscript wasn’t working when I made the decision to shuck it off like a bad skin, but this week, every day, I’ll share one of seven lessons I think I can take away from the experience.

LESSON 6.

A smaller lesson – more personal – this may not apply to you! Reading. It is 100 per cent possible for me to read fiction and write at the same time. I don’t know what I was thinking.

I’m finding it easier and easier to learn from each of the novels I read. I no longer worry that I’ll imitate the other person’s writing, or steal from them. It just doesn’t work like that, at least for me.

And if I don’t get to read fiction while I’m writing, I’ll never want to write. I love reading too much. Still don’t listen to music when I’m writing, though. It distracts me and screws up the rhythm of my sentences.

Lesson learned: Keep reading.

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