Claire King


I can’t read; I’ve been possessed.

Posted on: August 19th, 2012 by Claire - 6 Comments

I’m going to try and share a strange image with you. And the question at the end is – does anyone else feel like this?

I love reading, and honestly believe that as a writer you have to keep on reading. It nourishes and inspires and I think you can learn from it by absorption. Plus, you know, reading is brilliant.

But I’ve got to in the stages of editing where reading seems like a distraction. I remember this from last time – reaching a point where I had to wave au revoir to my to-read pile, and give myself up to the novel I’m writing.

It’s as though there is only one story, and I have to somehow fit it all in my head, see it all in three dimensions, turn it, live it. Again and again. It’s a little like being possessed.


There, I said it. Is it just me?

6 Responses

  1. I know exactly what you mean. The further I get into a book, the less I can read. It’s like being an athlete working up to an important competition – what goes in becomes increasingly influential on what comes out. So I find myself more and more imprisoned by my own book and building up a pile to read on release!

  2. This is so true! I get into a phase near the end of the first draft where I literally eat, sleep and breathe the story, and it’s such an adrenaline rush.

    And then during editing, it really is like you’re in your own snow globe. The story is all that exists. You’ve got the characters, the conflict, the passion, the plot – it’s time to make it sing.

    Enjoy this most lovely stage. 🙂

  3. claire says:

    Thank you, you’re right there’s something quite heady about being possessed. Glad to know you feel it too!

  4. Susan says:

    I’m right there now, been there for well over a year I would say…

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