Recently I came across the term ‘readers block’ and I realised this was where I was at.
Readers block is when, as a reader, you are unable to become engaged in books of any kind.
At first I became complacent with the genres I was reading – I felt the books I read were much the muchness and slowly I found myself disengaged.
Even my favourite authors couldn’t sway me to read their books.
I tried different genres, even thought auto biographies might reignited my once strong passion for reading – nothing.
Even as I write this – my desire to read anything is all but dead.
So how did I get here?
Arguably the readily accessibility of books either free or $1.99 meant many authors found their passion to write and self publish – I too was one of these authors.
In the early years, when I first started self publishing, it was only the brave who did so never fearing the risks of bad reviews. Of course, bad reviews were very rare back then and if you got them it was likely more constructive criticism. Books lucky enough to get good reviews were done so by genuine readers who were touched by your book. Word of mouth prompted your book and you could gain moderate success.
Now, authors can pay for reviews, promotions and social media is flooded with every form of advertising. I’ve grown suspicious of any books with reviews not knowing how genuine they are. I am guilty of judging a book by it’s cover. I ignore free give aways. I distrust the reasons book are rating high on site charts. I’ve come to a point were I’ve read more badly written stories than well written stories. I’m tired.
Even the authors I know and enjoyed reading I now don’t make the time to read. I’ve simply lost the desire to become engaged.
On top of this I discovered graphic novels. These stories with their colour and visual representations drew me in much more than any book I could now read. The inundated lack of ‘show don’t tell’ in books meant reading graphic novels provided all this through amazing art.
There are still my favourite books I will reread. These that have a place in my heart for the passion and emotion they gave me when I first read them. I only wish there were books now that did the same thing.
Now, if a book can’t capture my attention in the first three chapters I won’t continue reading. Some books I’ll be lucky to make it past the first chapter.
I don’t really understand why I have readers block, but what I do know is it’s not going to leave in a hurry and I don’t know what to do about it.