|My current May TBR pile (plus ebooks)|
But other than those moments, I tend to hoard reading for when I'm not drafting. Generally, I read a ton of books while I journal a new idea. Each book does something in such a spectacularly awesome fashion that reading them while developing my own idea challenges me to address the awesome at a planning stage. Then I draft. When I'm done, I toss that puppy at my CPs from a moving vehicle and drive straight to the library/bookstore/home to read another avalanche of books.
This accomplishes two things: first, binge reading provides separation from the story I've been working on (distance that will make revision much easier); second, re-immersion into other people's craft highlights all of that awesome I'm trying to achieve yet again, so that when I DO begin my revisions, I'm ready to push myself even harder.
So that's why I end up reading and writing in shifts.
Do you do this, too? Or not? And if you have any awesome books to add to my May TBR pile, let me know!