Just a small post before my customary Sunday update. One important tool to becoming a better writer I’ve always heard is to read. I struggle with that. I’m a slow reader, always have been, and when I read a book, it usually takes me months to finish unless I’m reading an hour or more a day. I can read a book in a week, but I’ve got to set a decent amount of time aside to accomplish the task, and reading, in my opinion, should not be a task but a pleasure.
I’ve come up with an idea to help me put more time into reading since I know I have a little spare time here and there throughout the day to get some reading in, even if it’s only a few pages or so. I spend quite a bit of time on Facebook every day. It’s a nasty habit, refreshing the Facebook banner every time I maximize my browser. I got the idea today that for every time I click my Facebook tab, I’m going to read a page in the novel I’m currently reading (which right now is The Necromancer, by Peter Teuthold in case you’re wondering) and I can’t click back on Facebook until I’ve gone ahead and read my allotted page.
This is either going to cause me to do one of two things: one, I’ll end up reading a lot more; or, two, I’ll slim down on Facebook or abandon it all together. Either one is a good thing I think. Anyways, I thought the notion interesting and wanted to make a post about it in case anyone else out there has my same problem and might want to try my remedy out.