Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Reading Like a Snail

As a writer, few pursuits are more important to my craft than reading. Unfortunately, although I've been a steady reader all my adult life, I am painfully slow at it.

This truth has plagued me in recent years when my Kindle and my book shelves are filled with author friends' books, recommended writing craft books, you name it.

So I decided it was time to be proactive. In two weeks I begin an online speed reading class through a local university. I have high hopes for the six-week course since DH took a similar program when he was in high school and he still reads about twice as fast as I. Sure wish I'd thought of that years ago, like before I started college. But better late than never, right? I'll let you know how it goes.

What about you? Are you a fast or slow reader? Have you ever taken speed reading? If so, did it help?

7 comments:

MaureenAMiller said...

Wow! I am absolutely eager to hear how this goes for you, Wynter. What a perfect idea! There are so many Carina titles I want to get to, but my writing schedule severely impacts my reading schedule.

Wynter Daniels said...

I'll let you know. I plan to be an A student;-)

Terry Odell said...

I don't suppose the class lets you learn by reading your own books. Or does it? I've always been a very fast reader--as a kid, we could check out 10 books a week from our library, and I always finished before they were due.

Terry
Terry's Place
Romance with a Twist--of Mystery

Wynter Daniels said...

I think they have certain texts for the class. I envy your speed;-)

Shirley Wells said...

What a brilliant idea. I'll look forward to hearing how it goes.

Compared my husband, I'm a pretty quick reader. My daughter, however, is a speed reader. I'd test her on books she claimed to have read - like "what colour jacket was she wearing in chapter 14?" - and never could catch her out. :)

Wynter Daniels said...

Thanks, Shirley. I'm hoping for great comprehension - sounds like your daughter has mastered that.

Chudney Thomas said...

I'm somewhere in the middle. I can read about four books a week. Though with nonfiction I tend to be slower.