WRITER’S JOURNAL – Nov.21/17 – Permission to Read
I know this may sound crazy, but today I need to give myself permission to read. Each day I set time aside to write and today is just such a day. But some days I don’t know what to write about. There’ll be some confusion in my mind about where to start, or what to spend time writing about on any given day. When this happens I fill in the time doing research. Maybe that will generate a few ideas, I think. As an historical fiction writer, research is necessary part of my life, as you can imagine. So I usually have a list of things I want to look up, check on, confirm, find out about, or be surprised by. Researching online feels like work as in should if you’re a writer. But for some reason researching from a hold-in-your-hand book feels like…well, reading.
I am currently working through a book called Defiant Spirits by Ross King. It has 400 + pages of information about the Group of Seven and their lives in the early 1900s Toronto and surrounding area. It talks about what was going on in the art world at the time and how it affected artists. It details how WWI affected, and/or slowed down the artists work. It offers myriad of details about life in the early 1900s Toronto which would be difficult to find online. So it is, in fact, a wonderful resource for my new book, also set in the early 1900s, and obviously well worth the read. It’s just that when I do read it, I’m usually lying down with my feet supported on two cushions, with a drink (that’s tea) and a snack close at hand. All so reminiscent of my casual reading pose. I do however, underline key points and take notes on my phone, so that should get me off the hook, right? Sure I could sit at my desk, but pouring over research can be tiring when sitting at a desk for long periods of time as you may know if you’re a writer or student. To top it all off, I don’t feel like I’ve done any serious work if I don’t at least write for a little while.
So the solution to my problem is easy. I write a post. Which I just did. Now I can read in good conscience. So thanks.