I like that as a general application, but I just can't get past this one.
A writer refuses to read her genre while she's writing. In fact, it wouldn't surprise me too much if she refused to read any fiction at all while she's writing.
My first response is, "Why in the world not?", followed quickly by, "Don't you write every day—or try to?"
She's not the only one who has formed this distorted belief system. The rationale lies somewhere in concepts of originality and imitation.
If you don't read in your genre, how do you experience new ideas? How do you grow personally as a writer?
And this is awkward: she's being compared to other bestselling authors. She should be irked, right?
I can't imagine not reading my favorite genre. I can't imagine thinking that would put me ahead of the curve.
Am I missing something?
CR: Anne Lamott's Plan B. She is so real.
It's all better with friends.