Reading Feeds the Soul – Guest Post

Okay, Eleni…you have convinced me to take a break from planning my book tour to squeeze in another book I’ve been dying to read.  It’s so hard sometimes as writers (especially those whose full-time job isn’t writing and is very demanding) to choose between writing/promoting and reading.  But I do notice that my writing improves so much and is much more inspired right after a devouring a great book.  Reading is truly food for the soul that gives us the inspired energy to keep on doing what we do.  🙂

TITLE: Reading Feeds the Soul

by Eleni Konstantine

For the last year, I had been part of conference committee and I also began studying. So much of my spare time was tied up with those activities that I noticed that my reading had gone downhill. My current reads are at 25 for 2012 whereas in 2011 I had read 74 books. That’s quite a difference. Please check out my reading list at Eleni’s Library.

The other thing I noticed was I felt down that I couldn’t get more reading done. Gone were the days when I used to read all night. With chronic fatigue syndrome, if I’m tired, I can’t read past a few pages.

That is very sad. Don’t you think?

I’m of the belief that reading feeds the soul, especially the writer’s soul. Nothing is like escaping into a book, reading about events and characters as if it were happening right in front of you. And when that isn’t happening – it’s like losing a piece of yourself.

I was finding that my own writing and creativity suffered because of this. I couldn’t really get settled into my work. Editing was fine (thank goodness because I had releases to work on), but writing something new felt stifled. No new idea grabbed hold or felt right.

However for the first time in months, I wrote something new the other day. It’s different, and still forming, but I like the basic idea.

Why the change?

Conference is over for 2012, I dropped a couple of subjects at school and I’ve started reading more again. In the last month, I have read six stories. Not all of them were novel length, but it’s still more reading than I’ve done for ages. I feel so much better for it.

My muse is rubbing her hands together and saying, “Yes, we can work on this and this, and that. Oh, and this one as well.”

It’s a good feeling to have choices for writing after a year where it really didn’t seem to.

How about you – does reading feed your soul?


Zeta will protect the one she loves, even if it means living in Hell.

Mastering a unique power was much safer for Zeta Kosmos with a mentor to help her along. Now that he’s disappeared, Zeta must continue alone with her calling—closing Gateways to Hell.

Daniel Richards is in the family business—Warding supernatural evil from causing havoc on humans. As such, he’s only interested in the safety of one-night stands. Until Zeta. This bad boy now wants a long, lasting relationship.

But Zeta can’t let go of her past, nor can she ignore the secret demonic threats against Daniel’s life. She’d rather fight demonic spawn and be dragged into Hell than allow anything happen to him. Can Daniel convince her to stay? Will she have to pay the ultimate price?

To read an excerpt from Gateway to Hell, please click HERE.

Eleni Konstantine is Fantasy and Paranormal fiction writer, with a number of shorts published. Her stories range from flash fiction to novels. She blames her mother for her writing bug because as a child she was given many books, including illustrated fairytales. That and a love of Greek mythology, and Eleni was destined to become a writer.

Eleni lives in Adelaide, Australia, with her family and feisty American Staffy.

Learn more about Eleni Konstantine on her website and blog.


~ by Dusty Crabtree - Author of Shadow Eyes on February 4, 2013.

6 Responses to “Reading Feeds the Soul – Guest Post”

  1. Gotta make more time to feed my soul! Cheers for the inspiring post, Eleni! Best wishes in all your publishing endeavors!

  2. Yes, Eleni…I can relate about not spending enough time reading. I have a TBR list a mile one. *sigh* Need to get at it. I think I feel guilty when I’m reading, because it always seems I’m enjoying myself too much and need to get back to work. Hope sales are soaring on Gateway to Hell!!

  3. Reading is indeed food for the soul. Thanks for the reminder.

  4. Dusty, sorry I’m late. Been a couple of busy days. i’m so glad I could inspire you to do some reading, and it has an added benefit of taking a deserved break.

  5. Sharon, thank you very much, and yes, make sure you make time.

    Rita – oh, mine is absolutely shocking still because too many good books out there. You should see my study! And don’t feel guilty about reading. It’ll make it more fun to get back to the WIP.

    Sara – always happy to remind people to look after themselves.

    Now off y’all go. There’s reading to be done. That soul needs reading!

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