Hello beautiful people! This is Rachael. I will be posting every second week of the month. I love anything that is purple and sparkly but I am not afraid to get my hands dirty, literally and figuratively. I am an INFJ and used to nobody understanding my train of thought. I think I might be a mermaid as I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.
While trying to decide on what to write on I realized I see a lot of people who kind of ask the general questions of “How do you find time to read or write when ______” You fill in the blank. Busy family life. College. Moving. Computer broke. Have no money (not sure if this hinders reading or writing but it sure sucks).
Well, I have said above busy life. I attend college out of my home state nine months out of the year. I have a part time job. Oh, and did I mention I am in my senior year? If anyone is busy, it’s me. Since I like to pass my classes (weird fetish, I know), I spend an obscene amount of hours working on stuff for class. This leaves very little time left over for reading or writing. Which makes me sad. Very sad.
But there is hope, my friends! Because I am proud to say, that despite college and my job, I still found time to read and write this past year. We will start with the reading.
The first thing that will help you read more is to set a goal. I set a goal at the beginning of 2016 to read 50 books. I managed to read 52. Now to be fair, about 20 of those books were for class. I am an English major and reading literature is quite common for class. However, I could have chosen not to stay up to all hours of the night reading and finishing those books (as many of my classmates chose to do) but I did.
How did I get the other 32 books read? Breaks. Fall break, Christmas break, spring break. And anytime during school when I wasn’t working on homework. Instead of floating around on Facebook and Pinterest, I read. I stole moments alone and I found a book and read. Even if it was just for ten minutes. This kept me grounded and connected to the literature world I would love to enter someday. Setting a goal that others can see, such as on a site like GoodReads, can really help motivate you to read more.
Side note– if you love reading and/or writing, you should get a GoodReads account. I love it. Its like Pinterest for readers. You will find books you never knew existed and fandoms when you thought you were all alone with your feelings.
Now about writing. I must admit I wasn’t as good at this. But it helped me a LOT to belong to a writing group on campus. We got together twice a month and workshopped each others writings. Talking with others who loved writing like I did really helped keep me connected to my own passion and thinking about what I wanted to do with my writing. I also used breaks to work on my WIP and other ideas that came my way.
Groups like Legion W are great, don’t get me wrong, but having actual people to write with and talk to about writing really boosted my creativity. It forced me to be honest and take feedback for my creations. I found out I was actually good a some forms of poetry, the one type of writing I despised the most. But I never would have tried it if it wasn’t a group activity. Find your tribe and work together to help each other.
Here are my top eight books (in no particular order) from those I read this past year in case you guys are interested. (You can see my complete list on GoodReads):
Winter by Marissa Meyer
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Tangerine by Edward Bloor
Mechanica by Betsy Cornwell
Starflower by Anne Elisabeth Stengl
Feel free to comment below on ways you keep reading and writing in busy times or comment with your favorite book you read last year.
Until next time, drink tea, read books, and fly on brave wings.