Reader University Try
You thought I was going to say read.
My first way to help authors and your own writing is to TRY:

  • a new author.
  • a new genre.
  • a new format.

Reading time is precious, so it’s normal to stick with an author you know. However, there are lots of wonderful debut authors each year just waiting for you to give their book a whirl.
There are even new genres to explore like New Adult (or just maybe one you haven’t touched in a while like science fiction or memoir).
One way to try out a new book is to change up your reading format. Maybe you like the crack of opening a new hardcover book, but try reading in a digital format on a smartphone, tablet, ereader, or even a computer desktop. This delivery method helps many self-published authors share their work with the world.
Getting out of your comfort zone may help with your current work-in-progress. I know it makes me think about my characters in different ways and gives me new ideas.
By trying books by new writers, you have little to lose. Well, sometimes you will find a rotten one, but it’s golden when you find a book that sings to you.
Are you willing to try new genres or new authors when reading?
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