Does reading while you draft disrupt your writing process?
"No. It used to. Now I could probably juggle fire while writing and not be distracted." - Heidi Kling, author of Sea.
"Sometimes, yes. I tend to revise as I go along, so I write a big chunk, go back and polish, then write another big chunk. So I can't get too hung up on making words look pretty before I write more." - Karen Kincy, author of Other.
"Not at all—I love to read, and I actually do it more while I'm drafting. It helps me keep structure and craft in mind when I'm working on my own stuff. Also, there is nothing like reading someone better than you to make you want to improve!" - Brenna Yovanoff, author of The Replacement.
"No. I think of myself as a sponge. I have to soak up enough input (books, tv shows, plays, movies, research) in order to come up with enough output (my own stories.) Often when I get stuck in the drafting process, I realize it’s because I haven’t had enough input in a while." - Bree Despain, author of The Dark Divine.
"No, but I try not to read something too similar while I’m in the first draft so I won’t be influenced by that author. I’m writing a fantasy right now, so I’m reading a lot of contemporary and historical middle grade and YA." - Kristin Tubb, author of Selling Hope.
Come back Thursday to learn if the rest of our authors can read while they draft!