Holiday Hiatus: Don`t write–read!

 “A Peaceful Winter`s Day”–SWB all rights reserved
I was thinking back to the different pieces of advice I have read from various authors and how they helped me in my writing career. I suppose as the year winds down, the Holidays approach, and the New Year begins I wanted to reflect on such things. I thought back to something I read by Stephen King in which he stated that a good writer is an avid reader.
I remember as a young writer I hated to read, sounds bass-ackwards, I know, but, it`s true. I have met some writers who say they don`t have time to read, or, that they only read non-fiction or the masters of old. Personally, I have found so many great lessons in the lost prose of un-named authors and their writing styles. Yes, I have learned from the greats as well; however, not all authors make the New York Times Best Sellers List, and yet, they make a great living as a writer and have a respectable following.
Back to Stephen King; I took his advice at that time in my life and did a hell of a lot of reading. I was one of those who did not like fiction much, and to be honest I am not a King fan, but he damn sure knows what he is talking about in regard to writing.
The point of all this is to remind my fellow wielders of the pen to take a break and read more often. I have put myself on hiatus until after the New Year. I plan to read a few books over the next three weeks. On my list is both fiction and non-fiction; I am currently reading C.S. Lewis “The discarded image.” This book is a non-fiction of his; more or less a compilation of his lectures on medieval literature.
The only writing I plan to do is an occasional post here at the old blog–God Bless, William

S.W. Biddulph

Scott Biddulph is a published writer, author, and poet from North Georgia. He began writing as a youngster and followed his lifelong dream of reaching people through the written word when he returned to The University of North Georgia in 2013 to finish earning his BA/English with a concentration on publication and creative writing. His publications include the following: an eBook, Apples of Gold: A collection of inspirational short stories and poems (Smashwords, 2010) and a paperback, Voices from the Heart, (Createspace, 2012). His poetry is published in Papers and Publications Undergraduate Research Journal. Vol 3 (2014) and the award-winning Chestatee Review (Spring, 2015), among other places (Check his LinkedIn profile for a full list of his publications). He is currently working on publishing poetry, creative non-fiction, academic essays, and his memoir. ******** Scott has also worked as an intern editor for the University of North Georgia Press. As a freelance editor, he has done the layout and design of several books and magazines. He is currently working with several authors on various publication projects in which he is either ghostwriting, editing manuscripts, or doing the layout and design of their books. ******** Finally, and most importantly, he is a father, grandfather, husband, and dedicated Harley Davidson rider. He and his family enjoy the beauty of the North Georgia Mountains where they live—especially their screened in back porch where they love to bird watch. ******** ~ "I love realism. I love writing about the raw, down-to-Earth, heartfelt realities of life. I love to write in a way that reaches into the human soul—to take the greatest pains and struggles in life, and make them a blessing to others. Fantasy is a wonderful, interesting thing—but real-life situations, feelings, fears, and dreams are an unexplored ocean of stories that need to be told." ~ ~Scott Biddulph~

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