When I first came across this quote, I immediately thought of Valerie @ Something to Write About. Each month this year, Valerie plans to explore a different genre - she's done Travel lit. and Romance so far. The thing that I find most cool about this is that Valerie is fully immersing herself in each genre - reading and reviewing books, author interviews, and informative and insightful posts. This month has been a kick because Valerie isn't a real romance fan, yet she's swimming in romance right now. So fun!
"Read, read, read. Read everything—trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out the window."
~ William Faulkner
How often do most of us take the time to read things outside our comfort zones? Most of us blog about stresses in our lives due to a lack of time already - let alone sacrifice what precious little time we do have to read something we may not even like.
The greatest opportunities to learn lie outside of our comfort zones. Valerie is wise. She will end this year with a hope chest full of new knowledge waiting to be put to use. She is the carpenter's apprentice, but she is choosing to study many masters.
I challenge each of us to follow Valerie's example and to choose one genre to read for a month this year - any genre, any month.
I choose Steampunk because it baffles me. I'm sure to learn a truckload of surprising stuff. Anyone have any good book suggestions for me? I don't think I know any Steampunk titles.
Which genre will choose?