I know I’m not alone in this — whichever side of the fence I choose to stand on.
I strongly dislike not finishing books.
But books that I just can’t seem to get into… well, they stress me out. They take time away that I could put into books that’ll pull me into their world and teach me how I want to write. I strongly dislike reading books that don’t suck me in and books that I don’t feel I’m learning from.
I’ve said here on this blog that I will consider reviewing books for other writers, but I’m really not sure what I really mean by that. I love reading. I’m not one of those writers who stops reading while they’re in the middle of a writing project. Nothing aginst those who do, because they probably have way cooler lives than me. Me? My life is child, work, cooking, writing… Really boring stuff to write about, and certainly not inspiring. Well, the kid is pretty cool, but… And so, I am always reading, looking for something that will spark a flash new idea, or fix a problem I’ve been having.
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I strongly dislike not finishing books. I also strongly dislike perservering with books that just don’t do it for me. Fact is, not all books are for everyone. If reading is a chore… well… it shouldn’t be. It should be like bouncing carefree on a trampoline with safety nets (and wearing an excellent bra… or two)… free and easy. Exilerating. Safe.
A book is meant to be a way to live all those things you want to experience without being at risk of actually getting hurt. That’s why we love falling in love over and over again when we read… You get to fall without the real pain of rejection. You can taste it, if that’s the book you pick up, but you’ll never actually be damaged byt the experience (well… that may be debatable… guess it depends just how involved you get with the story/characters!). Just like a safety net: giving you the chance to explore without (much) risk.
Anyway, I’m not going to mention my DNF books. These are written by authors trying to have a real go at this writing game. It’s not my place to stamp on that. Besides, determined people get better. Determined writers get better.
So, what about you… do you soldier on? Or do you slip the book to the back of the shelf?