If You Can't Write, Read. (Quote of the Day)
I've been writing sluggishly lately. Most of the time, it feels like I'm running through my story, but recently it's been more like slogging through molasses with cinder blocks tied to my feet. Yes, it is as unpleasant as it sounds. The good (and bad) news is, I'm not alone. Everyone goes through periods like this. And if you don't, you're some kind of super-writer and don't need to be reading writing blogs anyway!
When I go through these tough times, I have a go to solution—I read. Like Pinter said, good writing excites me. In a good book, I find more than entertainment. There's inspiration, knowledge, and encouragement. Sometimes reading a few chapters of someone else's work does more for my creative process than sitting at a computer staring at my own.
If you're going through a hard time with your writing, take a step back. Walk away from the keyboard and into someone else's world for a little while. You might just find that reading their words motivates you to write your own.
Needless to say, I'm open to book recommendations. Any suggestions, readers?
Today's Prompt: Write a short sci-fi story that includes visitors from another planet.