Take a Reading Day

I’m happy to report that I have done nothing today. It’s Constitution Day in Denmark and suddenly this seems to have become a semi-national holiday. There’s a lot to be said for a day off mid-week. By seven o’clock this morning I was on my balcony with my latte and by eight I was ready to send my manuscript off to my beta-readers. I’ve lost count of what draft I’m on, but I think it’s about seventh.

I find myself rather reluctant to send it off to them, but I know I’m at the point where I need a fresh pair of eyes. Someone else needs to get me to the next stage. I wonder if they will see the same flaws I do, the same things that need tightening, tweaking. Maybe they will love those bits but have other areas they want to improve.

By eight I was reading and chasing the sun around the balcony. I did that for the next four hours. Then there was a little walk to get ice cream, a little snooze in the sun and then a lot more reading.

It’s the best day I’ve had for a long time.

I find sometimes when I struggling to find myself as a writer, I have to take a break and dive into someone else’s books for a while. It’s a reminder of why I want to do this, why I love writing so much. One day I want to be the writer someone spends a sunny day off on their balcony with.

So when I checked my Amazon stats and found out I was that writer, it made a perfect day even better.

What kind of writer do you want to be?


Author: Eva O'Reilly

Writer, avid reader, large dog lover, cake baker and Francophile. Living in hope of finding either a literary agent or a large audience on Amazon.

14 thoughts on “Take a Reading Day

  1. What a lovely day. I’ve been sucked into a book today. It always stimulates my writing. What kind of writing do I want to be? LOL…is that an existential question? I had dinner with a writer named Sue Grafton once. She talked about her early career. She tried writing everything. Nothing worked. Then a mystery series popped into her head. She followed that and became a best-selling novelist, even though she’d never dreamed of writing mysteries. So I guess, I want to be a writer in the groove. We’ll define the groove another time.

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