Read More. Pretty Please.

I hope you read more in 2014. I read a statistic somewhere that said that Americans are reading less and less, and we are also buying fewer and fewer books.

Boooooooooo!

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I don’t like these statistic for a few reasons:

1.) I just wrote a book and I want people to buy books.
2.) You can learn a lot from reading.
3.) Without books, life would be boring.
4.) Reading a book is a great way to decompress after a long, busy day.
5.) Bookstores need readers.
6.) Having a bookstore in your neighborhood is good for the community.
7.) You will learn more from reading a book, than you will from watching those crappy reality television shows (I had to put this one it in there!)

Think back to the last book that you read. How did it make you feel? Did you learn something new? Did you get inspired?
I hope you consider buying another book soon. Maybe it’s a paperback, maybe it’s an eBook, or maybe it’s even my book, and then I’d be excited and honored.

Whatever book you choose, enjoy it thoroughly.

One very important Tip to being a good Writer is…Be a good Reader.

One very important Tip to being a good Writer is…You must also be a good reader!

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I used to hate reading.  I know, hate is a strong word, and a powerful word, but I despised it – almost as much as I despise running.  I received this patch from a fellow artist while I was on a retreat at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine a few years back.  She gave it to me after noticing that I had brought a stack of books to read during the retreat.  She also gave me another patch that said Early Bird, because I’d be up at the crack of dawn photographing the fog as it rolled in off the Atlantic Ocean when most people were still sound asleep in their cabins.  I think she had a cache of old Girl Scout’s patches that she was trying to pawn off amongst the visiting artists.  The silence was so loud on this quiet little island – if that makes any sense to you.

The more that I read, the better I understand the craft of writing.  I’m not a fast reader, nor do I think I’m the greatest writer.  It all takes practice.  I’m glad to finally embrace it.