Books, books, books! Any writer who wants to be good at their craft should read widely from a range of contemporary books and classics. The post Christmas sales are a good time to go shopping generally, but for book lovers such as me, I can always make time to browse bookstores. Online book shopping has its perks for picking up obscure or out of print titles, though for mass paperback copies, I prefer to support local bookstores.
As a writer, browsing has an added bonus: it’s a wonderful, indescribable feeling to see your own novel on the shelves of a bookstore – even better when you realise a customer just bought a copy. That happened to me on a recent trip to Waterstones, while shopping for Christmas presents. I must say, it absolutely made my day!