Reading to Write
If you have ever experienced writer’s block, then you should be familiar with the advice to read.
Recently I have been feeling unmotivated to write anything, even a blog post on absolutely nothing.
I decided to take my own, borrowed advice and read. So I cracked open the pages of a fiction book I have been reading for a couple of years now. Horrified at myself at the fact that it has literally been taking me years to read a book that would have probably taken me less than a week in my youth.
This horror, ended up distracting me too much, so I settled on listening to an audiobook instead.
I have been an Audible members for a few years now, and have a library of books I just haven’t made it through. Realizing I have a pretty decent arsenal of books in my queue and it’s time to finish some. I decided to challenge myself to listen to one audiobook in full a month.
To also note, I used to be the type of person who would only consider a book “read” if I physically turned the pages. However, since listening to Audible, I have realized that it’s no different then sliding pages on my phone. It’s just done by someone else (in most cases the author themselves).
My experience so far with this process has been promising. Although I haven’t started back writing my novel, I have been able to create simple blog posts again. That alone means a lot to me, as I haven’t been writing much at all.
If you’re interested in my list of recommended AudioBooks, you can check out the list below!
5 Starter Audiobooks to Check Out
New to Audiobooks, and don’t know what titles to add to your collection? Here is my list of book recommendations, and yes these are titles that I have listened to. This list also contains affiliate links, despite those links these are still books I personally recommend.
- How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method: Advanced Fiction – (Randy Ingermanson) Sometimes the best way to power through a difficult writer’s block, is to listen to another perspective on it. Although I didn’t apply everything I learned from the Snowflake Method, I did find listening to the book useful. It reads like a novel itself, which made learning about the method an entertaining delight.
- GRIT: The Power of Passion and Perseverance- (Angela Duckworth) When listening to GRIT, you can expect to be inspired, as you hear examples of people overcoming personal obstacles through will and action. I identified and categorized my current goal structure so that I could better organize my life. Through doing exercises mentioned in this audiobook, I regained clarity and focus.
- Becoming – (Michelle Obama) Starting out more as curiosity, this audiobook was a listen that I didn’t realize I needed. Despite our many differences, there was so much about the author’s personal struggles that I saw within my own. It was an emotional yet inspirational listen, and one worth giving additional listens in the years to come.
- The Motivation Manifesto – (Brendon Burchard) The Success Insider podcast was probably the biggest recommender of this particular book. Everyone needs a kick in the pants approach sometimes to getting motivated, and this is what this book does.
- The Adventures of Tom Stranger: Interdimensional Insurance Agent– (Larry Correia) This book is an action packed rollicky adventure. I found my mind flooding with ideas and it was an exciting listen.