Reading Too Much
Even though I’ve been writing for years, I’m still fairly new to the publishing side of the field. What frustrates me the most is all the advice. The line between what’s right and wrong are blurred most of the time. I often feel confused. One person says yes and another says no.
Writers tell you to read everything you can get your hands on especially when you are first starting out. You can learn so much from those who have succeeded in writing before you: techniques, approaches, etc. I read an article by Noelle Sterne in The Writer about not reading too much while your writing. I can understand the point of that. You don’t want to mimic their writing style. You should strive for originality. My question is: How much is too much?
I write horror. Developing an original idea in this genre is very difficult. So much has already been done. Reading is kind of crucial in this case. However, at what point do you put the books down and find your voice? Is there really a such thing as reading too much? If so, do you think reading deprivation is crucial in finding our own voice?