Reading and Writing Habits

I have some questions for all of you, and I’d like you to answer them if you like.

First, I’d like to ask about your reading habits.  Please answer with as much detail as you want.

1. How many hours a day do you read?

2. When you read a particularly long book, do you also read a second book at the same time if you want a bit of a break?

3. How many books do you read at the same time?

4. Do you stick with the same genre, do you alternate between a couple genres, or do you read many?

Now, on to the writing questions.  This will only apply to you if you are writing a book or have written books.

1. While you’re writing a book, do you focus exclusively on that project, or do you have some side stories going on when you’re stuck on your main project?

2. What do you write mainly, novels or shorter fiction?

3. Where do you usually write?  I’d like a description of your writing environment.

4. How often do you keep notes in a notebook (or several notebooks)?

Thank you in advance for answering! I look forward to reading your replies.

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17 thoughts on “Reading and Writing Habits”

  1. Reading Habits
    1) At least one, usually more.
    2) Sometimes. It depends on how interested I am in the first book and how easily portable it is. If it’s a little too big to carry around, I usually read a second at the same time.
    3) No more than three.
    4) I read sci-fi, fantasy, mystery, adventure, YA, superheroes, etc.
    Writing Questions
    1) I like to have a book I’m writing, one I’m editing, and one that betas have.
    2) I usually write novels, though occasionally I’ll write short stories for my blog.
    3) Anywhere I can! Literally, I’ll carry a notebook around with me anywhere I go.
    4) Hehe…all the time. I have more notebooks than I can count! (It doesn’t help that I handwrite my first drafts in a notebook or two)
    Hope this answers your questions 🙂

    1. I find that I just can’t write first drafts in a notebook. I write scenes in a notebook, but later type them all up on computer where my actual first draft is.

      Thanks for the answers!

  2. 1. How many hours a day do you read? 2-3 hours, if I can.

    2. When you read a particularly long book, do you also read a second book at the same time if you want a bit of a break? Yes.

    3. How many books do you read at the same time? As many as 4.

    4. Do you stick with the same genre, do you alternate between a couple genres, or do you read many? Usually stick to my fav 2-3.

    Writing questions.

    1. While you’re writing a book, do you focus exclusively on that project, or do you have some side stories going on when you’re stuck on your main project? I tend to have a one tract mind, so I will be totally focused on my main project. If I have other dieas, I usually jot them down for later.

    2. What do you write mainly, novels or shorter fiction? Short stories, though I have not been lucky enough to have any published.

    3. Where do you usually write? I’d like a description of your writing environment. My office or my living room.

    4. How often do you keep notes in a notebook (or several notebooks)?
    Whenever the ideas strike me.

  3. 1. If it’s a good book I can’t put down 4 to 6 hours, otherwise 20-30 minutes before bed.

    2. If its a good long book, I do not put it down. If its dragging, yes, I’ll pick up another book and get back to the long one later.

    3. Currently I’m reading 4

    4. I read several genres. Currently: dystopian, sci-fi, a book on witches and a book on writing.

    Writing questions.

    1. I usually have at least one novel going and several short stories.

    2. I write novels and shorts. Still shopping novels, sold seven shorts.

    3. Either my bedroom (in bed or at my desk) or the couch in my living room.

    4. I sometimes jot notes in notebooks, but try to keep most of them on my computer so they are organized with the project or type of project they pertain to.

  4. Reading:
    1) Books, zero to two hours, most commonly on breaks during my day job. If I really get into it, ALL THE HOURS, but that’s not very common anymore. Random internet things including articles, beta reading and manga, varies but probably an hour or two per day.

    2) I always read two books at once, though one will be an actual novel and one will be a comic book/manga.

    3) Maximum of two right now.

    4) I read fantasy, sci fi, and adventure/disaster/true crime/science nonfiction. I don’t consciously alternate; it’s just whatever looks good on the pile.

    Writing:
    1) I focus exclusively on the project unless an idea for another project ambushes me out of the blue. Ambushes are pretty much the only way I ever write short stories. I don’t really get ‘stuck’ on my main project either; even if I’m having a not-feeling-it day, I still make myself write. Outlines are good for that.

    2) I write novels. I’m wretched at short fiction, so will only try it if I get a whole idea and don’t manage to think it to death before I get home.

    3) I write at the computer, on my work desk in my bedroom, with headphones on but no music and somewhat dim lighting, and usually after spending 10-30 minutes pacing in circles listening to thematic music.

    4) I keep a wad of paper in my pocket while at my day job to note down any thoughts I have about the story, but I transfer those to computer files once I get home. I haven’t written much on actual paper in the last …ten years? Heh.

    1. One thing you said made me curious. While you have the headphones on, are you listening to anything at all? Or do you just wear them to reduce sound?

      Thanks for the comment!

  5. 1. How many hours a day do you read? Not enough. Maybe one if I’m lucky.

    2. When you read a particularly long book, do you also read a second book at the same time if you want a bit of a break? Hell yeah. Usually a third, too.

    3. How many books do you read at the same time? Two to three. One on my phone’s Kindle app. One on my NOOK. One physical copy. 😀

    4. Do you stick with the same genre, do you alternate between a couple genres, or do you read many? I read pretty much anything that catches my interest, no matter the genre. I’ve got middle grade and erotica both under my belt – manga and literary fiction, dark shit next to light and fluffy.

    * * *

    1. While you’re writing a book, do you focus exclusively on that project, or do you have some side stories going on when you’re stuck on your main project? Hmm… I used to write several stories at once, but that was back in high school. I still do now, but to a much lesser extent. I’ll be revising one story and writing the first draft of another, for instance, but I dedicate time periods to them and only alternate when I’ve completed a phase of the process. It gives me time to let a manuscript “rest” without having to stop writing.

    2. What do you write mainly, novels or shorter fiction? Weirdly enough, an equal amount of both. I wanna publish a short story anthology one day – I love novelette/novella/short story length projects. Especially independent ones.

    3. Where do you usually write? I’d like a description of your writing environment. Ha. Well. My office, where I do most of my writing these days, is at the front of my house with the computer facing the door (so my back’s to the door – I know it’s supposed to be some creative mojo no-no, but I like it). The desk where my desktop PC sits has two stuffed kids on top, an unnamed panda and a lion my husband and I deemed Junior, along with headphones, dry erase markers (dry erase board to the right of the desk, above paper shredder and printer), pens and Sharpies. A small compartment next to the PC holds old folders and binders full of writing (old revisions, etc.) and one slim manila folder with all my marriage documents. The drawer beneath it holds sticky notes, stapler, cigarettes, more pens, cigarette filters, staples, batteries, a box cutter, some fruit flavored tobacco, a wireless keyboard, old flashdrives. To the left of the desk is my bookshelf (three shelves full, one double stacked). Two mirrors sit in front of the window (no idea where else to put them yet). Next to the window, over my shoulder, is my TV. The entertainment stand holds extra printer paper, photo paper, all my PlayStation games, my PS2 and my PS3. My laptop is also sitting in here right now – it kinda just migrates all over the house whenever I may need it, and I last needed it in here. That’s pretty much it. Next time I’ll just take a picture haha. 😛

    4. How often do you keep notes in a notebook (or several notebooks)? I used to it it religiously, but it’s impractical to carry around a notebook the size of which I keep my notes in in my line or work, so I just takes fleeting notes in my phone. When I’m home, I update my Unwholesome Files. My notebook, I occasionally write full scenes/chapters/revisions in. It’s taken me years to get this one filled since I do most of my writing on the computer now. I never leave handwriting behind though.

      1. Yeah, I didn’t even think about it until after I’d submitted the reply and looked at everyone else’s… Clearly I’m missed the TL;DR limit on that one haha sorry.

        1. No problem 🙂 I couldn’t go into that much detail with my writing environment because it’s constantly changing due to it being surrounded with toys. My daughter’s toys.

  6. 1. How many hours a day do you read?

    At least three hours on a relatively free day, at least 20 minutes on a very busy one.

    2. When you read a particularly long book, do you also read a second book at the same time if you want a bit of a break?

    I read several books in parallel quite often, but I don’t usually think of this as taking a break from the story: they all get the same attention. This also helps to balance the emotional response.

    3. How many books do you read at the same time?

    With fiction, it is usually two. I developed this habit in high school: it made practical sense to read a smaller/lighter/less challenging book on the go, and a more “serious” one at home. Plus some relevant non-fiction, at a completely different level of engagement though.

    4. Do you stick with the same genre, do you alternate between a couple genres, or do you read many?

    Genre is not that important to me provided that I engage with the message.

    1. While you’re writing a book, do you focus exclusively on that project, or do you have some side stories going on when you’re stuck on your main project?

    Focusing on one thing at a time works better for me; sometimes, however, I write several stories at once during short bouts of inspiration. With editing, it is strictly one piece at a time.

    2. What do you write mainly, novels or shorter fiction?

    Shorter fiction and novellas, with hopes of expanding to full-scale novels soon.

    3. Where do you usually write? I’d like a description of your writing environment.

    My local library: a secluded desk, relevant books at hand, and hardly any disturbances. It is not a popular place for writers — or readers — by the looks of it, but I love it for the quiet atmosphere. I also love the opportunity to read when I need to refocus myself.

    4. How often do you keep notes in a notebook (or several notebooks)?

    I have two separate notebooks: the first one serves as a first draft for everything, including drawing and melodies, and the second one has quotes from my favourite books and my thoughts at the time.

    Thank you for the questions, reflection on the writing process was useful 🙂

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