I don’t know if any of you who follow me here also follow me on any other social networks, so for those of you who don’t know already, this post is for you.
Wait. I need to back up, because you probably don’t know this: I’m a New York Times #1 Bestselling audiobook narrator. (FLEX) I am, by far, not the worst at narrating the written word. It’s my primary job when I’m not being an on-camera actor, and I’m super proud of the reputation and sales I’ve earned in the industry.
Okay. SO. Now that you know THAT.
I want to stay creatively productive during this whole … *gestures wildly at everything in the whole fucking world right now*, and when I tried to write some stories, I just couldn’t seem to find any creative energy.
I concluded that I was stuck, or blocked, or whatever you want to call it, because I was trying to force myself into an OUTPUT mode, when my creative self needs to be in an INPUT mode. Stephen King said that if you don’t have time to read, you don’t have time to write. I think about that a lot, and I think it’s true.
So, to make time for myself to read, I thought it would be fun to read aloud, and record it. So I’m reading a book to both you and to myself. I’ve found a loophole in my creative self’s rules, and found a way to do INPUT and OUTPUT at the same time! Ha! Take THAT, Wil’s Creative Brain!
It’s been a lot of fun. I’m starting to feel some blood flow back into my creative muscles, and I’m getting the first tingling of nerves waking up after being cut off for a really long time.
Mostly, I read from midcentury science fiction pulps, but I’ve also read an essay on Fascism by Umberto Eco, and hilarious satire by Jonathan Swift from the 1790s.
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