Oh the HORROR! The HORROR! I just finished reading Chapter 4 of The Artist’s Way (which, if you are a regular blog reader, you know I am working through), and found out that one of the week’s assignments is TO GIVE UP READING FOR A WEEK!!!
The rationale behind this exercise is sound. Cameron says that blocked creatives often use reading as an escape from their own creativity, as a “tranquilizer” of sorts. The idea is to get out of other people’s thoughts and creations and into your own. Maybe, if I don’t read for a week, I might even *gasp* WRITE!
So, after a good bout of keening on the floor in great likeness to Rain Man in the “Hot Water Burn Baby” scene, I managed to pull myself together in order to write this post.
This will be the longest I’ve gone, in living memory, without picking up a book. It’s like cutting off a limb. Reading is like breathing to me. How many more melodramatic statements can I make?
What does this have to do with you? Not much unless you live within screaming distance, except that this reading deprivation exercise has to include blogs. So if I normally read and comment on your blogs, I want you to know why I will be AWOL for a week. It’s not because I don’t love you; it’s because I’m being subjected to something far worse than Chinese water torture.
I will still be checking my own blog comments, email and Facebook in order to manage administration for the 12 x 12 in 2012 writing challenge, so please feel free to continue signing up for that! I will also post on my blog, because I figure that’s writing, not reading. Right? Right.
Okay. I’m going to stop feeling sorry for myself right…. NOW.
Have you ever had to go for an extended amount of time without reading? How did that work out for you?