Coping with Reading Guilt in 7 Easy Steps – Published by ‘Fantasy Faction’

Nicola Alter published this article about ‘Reading Guilt’ on the website of ‘Fantasy Faction’. I thought it was worth spreading the word about these seven steps, since I very much suspect I am suffering from reading guilt. Thank you, Nicola!


 

Every year, countless readers suffer from a condition known as Reading Guilt. According to a prominent scientist (or possibly, to no prominent scientists), anxious or time-strapped readers are particularly vulnerable. Sometimes the condition can be so debilitating it actively prevents the reader from reading, which can lead to a dangerous spiral that only further exacerbates the problem.

Signs you might suffer from Reading Guilt of one form or another can include:

1. The pile of unread books on your shelf, be it virtual or real, makes you feel anxious every time you look at it.

2. You occasionally dust off that book your friend loaned you and pretend you are about to read it, knowing in your heart you are just preparing it to collect more nightstand dust.

3. The sight of a bookstore evokes complex feelings of longing and guilt.

4. The book-devouring speed of a well-read friend makes you irrationally envious.

5. The question, “have you read…” elicits an instinctual dread, because whatever it is, you’ve usually never read it.

6. When someone recommends a book to you, you smile and make enthusiastic noises to cover the sinking feeling in your stomach, because it’s just another to add to the endless list and you’ll probably never get around to reading it anyway.

7. You are so behind on that reading goal you set that it just serves to depress rather than motivate you.

8. You have a vague but pervasive feeling that you haven’t read enough of the “important” books.

9. The hunt for bookmarks depresses you, because you realise they are all wedged in half-finished books and you can’t bring yourself to remove them.

10. You participate in online “How many of these books have you read?” quizzes, even though you know the results will not cheer you up.

Read the entire article here:

 

Coping With Reading Guilt In 7 Easy Steps

 

7 Signs of an Awesome Submission

Steven Capps provides us with a great post about 7 signs of an awesome submission. I really like the 7 points he describes here. Thank you, Steven!

Bard & Books

Welcome, friends! I’m currently busy time traveling so you should be reading this in the future while I am busy in the backwoods of South Carolina for some military training. I’m sure currently having a grand time dealing with summer in the south and proabably not having a shower. (Actually this is a lie because I forgot to schedule ti and now that I’m back it kind of destroys the joke.) Anyways, back to this weeks post.

I’m still need to do the drawing for the Writers Toolkit so I imagine that will happen tonight. If you haven’t followed the blog or signed up for the newsletter this is your last chance to be entered in this drawing. I’m definitely going to do another giveaway, though  I am thinking of giving away a signed Patrick Rothfuss or Brandon Sanderson book for the next one. I’ll have more details later.

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7 Signs a Person is Suffering from Author Fatigue

What a unique blog post about the 7 signs a person is suffering from author fatigue. I had to re-blog it. Maybe some of us recognize the one or other sign? 😀

Legends of Windemere

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Does this really need an intro?  Sure most, if not all, of us have been here at some point.  This is possibly a new thing I’ll do from time to time, which was inspired by John W. Howell’s Ten 10 Lists on Mondays.

  1. You start dreaming about editing and it steadily becomes a nightmare.  Their, there, and they’re attack out of the shadows.  You’re strapped to a chair and forced to watch all of your greatest typos play out in front of a giant crowd.  Also, you’re naked and the dog ate your manuscript.  Not sure where the dog came from, but it looks remarkably like your old English teacher who swore you wouldn’t be able to write your name much less a novel.
  2. You sit down to write at the laptop and blast away an epic chapter that is the best you’ve ever done.  Your…

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