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By: Scheduling Your Spontaneous Leisure Time || Beyond the Rhetoric ||

Fri, 15 Aug 2008 19:47:40 +0000

[...] activities. It’s important that you find enjoyment in your hobbies, especially those that are not directly related to what you do for a living. These pleasure activities are just as (if not more) important than [...]



By: What’s Up Wednesdays: Google, Digg, $200 Million || Beyond the Rhetoric ||

Wed, 23 Jul 2008 17:02:05 +0000

[...] It’s time once again for our weekly tour of the blogosphere, so instead of rambling on with an introduction that doesn’t lead anywhere, I’ll just get right down to the business at hand. And yes, you can read these for pleasure. [...]



By: Speedlinking - A Look At Google Reader » Derek Semmler dot com

Tue, 15 Jul 2008 01:54:45 +0000

[...] basis. One such writer that I really respect, Michael Kwan from Beyond the Rhetoric recently asked: can freelance writers read for pleasure? While I don’t consider myself a freelance writer, I am a blogger and can say that I do read [...]



By: paulette

Sat, 12 Jul 2008 14:42:49 +0000

Of course freelance can read for pleasure. Some of freelancers like me turn hobbies into money so i earn while i enjoy the things i like.



By: Jorge

Sat, 12 Jul 2008 08:24:31 +0000

I don't read a lot of books. But I read a lot on Internet. I think is similar if well used.



By: dcr

Sat, 12 Jul 2008 04:29:08 +0000

Oh, the unspeakable things you make me do.



By: ChrisBlogging.com

Fri, 11 Jul 2008 18:01:11 +0000

I definitely find it hard to read for pleasure only. Maybe because every book I buy is business related, etc.



By: Joseph Planta

Fri, 11 Jul 2008 08:32:15 +0000

Whenever I talk to a writer, I always try to ask that very question, Mike, as to how important they feel reading is to their writing. It doesn’t matter whether they write fiction or not, reading is vitally important and necessary. When I asked Elizabeth Hay about reading, she said it is inextricably linked to her writing. Whenever she’s stuck, or she’s just starting out in the morning, she’ll sometimes read some poetry because it helps her brain get going, and the reading sort of gets language flowing. Any writer, whether they write for pleasure or for work, has to have some appreciation for writing, otherwise they’d realise they ought to be spending their time doing something else. Good writing invariably motivates you. Maybe it’s the jealousy part of it that motivates you, but good writing provides a window into something that enlightens you, and as a writer you want to be as expressive and as perceptive and so you inevitably keep trying. Writing is just as much re-writing as anything, and so you don’t know what’s good unless you’ve read quite a bit, and of course, read widely; read different genres. I think I don’t write as much as I should, because I don’t read as much as I should. I suppose there is a distinction there because I need to read for an interview I’m preparing for, and it’s often not pleasant. But I notice when I read a novel for work, if you will, I see something I don’t when I read for pleasure; and my pleasure would be something non-fiction. When I read a biography or something historical or political, in my down time, it’s inevitably for information. But when I read a novel, I find I notice things about language that I don’t any other time. It goes back to having enough time to do what we’d like, what’s good for us, and what needs to be done. For me, they're three different things, but to a good writer there's a confluence for all three.



By: Michael Kwan

Fri, 11 Jul 2008 01:44:55 +0000

I can't seem to find it, but there was a linkbait post somewhere a while back.



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Fri, 11 Jul 2008 01:42:30 +0000

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