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I promised myself a short reprieve from writing.
A time to reflect, gather my senses, do a few promotions and relax. But in reality, our lives instantly give way to other duties which immediately rush in and fill that imaginary gap.  Family, work, and even play, can easily and subtly take over your writing time in such a way that it can almost be impossible to get back to writing anything meaningful and coherent.

Here are a few random and encouraging ideas for regaining control that helped me:

The Time Thief

I've heard almost every excuse given for not reading, most boiling down to their packed daily schedule.  
When in actuality reading anything beyond the mandatory daily regimen can be:

*  Time consuming
*  Intimidating
*  Considered Nerdy
and Considered a waste of time.

Even the busiest of entrepreneurs, graduate students, and housebound moms read.

Reasons to read:

*  Mental Stimulation
*  Stress Reduction
*  Vocabulary
*  Memory Entrainment
*  Exercising Analytical Skills
*  Improved Focus
*  Improved Concentration
*  Better Writing Skills
*  Better Understanding of Others
*  Increased Social Skills

Number of Books published last year (as of November 2016):  2,218,018

Finding Time:

*  Media Regret - Open Facebook or Twitter for "ten minutes" and an hour later you'll rub your eyes and wonder what happened.  Social Media has ripped out the very souls of those caught in its trance.  It takes, but gives nothing in return, usually leaving its audience tired, frustrated, and alone.
*  An Audiobook can fill the void during the morning and afternoon commute to work or class.  It may even save you an expensive ticket if you find yourself caught talking on your cellphone in a school zone or after an accident!

Remember, you'll never know if you like a particular genre of novel unless you open the pages and try.  You'll never know how reading will bless your life until you start.

Pick up a good book today and read. 
Reading will always provoke a writer to get back to work.

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Comment by Ann B. Keller on April 24, 2017 at 7:34pm

Absolutely, David!  Very true.

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