As YA writers, we do our best to know the market for which we are writing. We read all the latest bestsellers and award winners; we read blogs and websites dedicated to young adult fiction.
And this is all very good. How do you know how to write a certain genre if you don’t read a certain genre? But, on the other hand, this mentality can sometimes trap us in a rut. Sometimes we get so caught up in reading the right books that we forget it’s important to just…read.
Lately, I’ve been rediscovering my love of books that aren’t necessarily YA. Books with beautiful words that resonate with me deeply. And even though they aren’t books that relate to what I’m writing, just the act of ingesting good stories and good characters reboots my creativity.
We at YA Highway have talked a lot about this. Some of my fellow bloggers even avoid reading books similar to their current WIP. What kind of books have you been reading? Do you find it helpful to read outside your genre?