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Reading Choices While Writing

I always read  - even when I'm in the depths of deadline-itis, I try to find a few minutes in the day to relax with a book. But I've realized I choose different reading material depending on where I am in the writing process. When I'm drafting a book, or even when I'm in the intense editing stage, I tend not to read in the genre I'm writing in.

Over the past few weeks, for example, though I have several great paranormal romances and urban fantasies in my tbr pile, I've read some non-fiction, some thrillers, and several articles in trade magazines. I love my chosen genre, and as soon as this next book is turned in, I know I'll be going on a massive reading binge within it, but for now I'll probably continue to raid the non-fiction shelves.

However, I have several friends who prefer to read directly in the genre they're writing in, while deep into their own work. Often, they'll read favorite authors, becoming inspired by those well-loved books.

Which side of the line do you fall? Do you find yourself gravitating toward the genre you're working in, or heading outward? Any particular reasons why?

~ Nalini Singh
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