So as I hope you know, I'm a Christian. I go to church twice a week, (although this week is VBS, so I'll be there every day this week but Saturday and twice on Wednesday.) My pastor has been doing a sermon series on Fasting for the last few weeks. Starting today we have been challenged to give up something for a set period of time in order to use the time we normally spend on that thing, honoring God.
I was challenged to think about things that I prioritize higher than my relationships with God and my family, and the first thing that came to my mind was fiction. I love fiction in all forms, from radio dramas, to TV shows, to, of course, novels. But it's gotten to the point that the thing that I spend time on and thinking about, more than anything, is fiction. If I'm not reading a novel, I'm watching a book review on Booktube, or thinking about character artchtypes, or reading a blog post on how to create the perfect first act for your novel.
While fictitious worlds and stories should be important to me, it's not healthy for me to allow them to be as important as they currently are to me. For that reason, I've decided to not participate in fiction for the rest of July. I won't be reading books, I won't be writing stories, I won't be watching TV shows, or listening to audio books. I've been doing this fast for less than 24 hours and you wouldn't believe the number of times I've already almost opened the Kindle app on my iPod or itched to scribble down a few character notes.
In addition to fiction, I'm trying to avoid reading things that are nonfiction about fiction, such as writing blogs, book reviews, or writing self help books like Writing the Breakout Novel. This too has been seriously hard. I've already failed miserably, so it's a good thing this is a less strict part of my fast.
I'm curious to see how much I'll miss fiction in the next few weeks. Will the itch I felt for it now die down after a few days, or will the home-away-from-home sickness grow any worse? Have you ever put all forms of fiction on hold before? Do you find yourself revolving as much around fiction as I seem to be lately? How did you cope with it?
If you have time tonight, I'm hosting a Twitter Chat tonight at 8:00 PM EDT about BookTubers. I know it's not exactly in line with my fast, but I scheduled it a month ago and had no idea I'd be fasting fiction now. If you're interesting in chatting with us, you can find more info here: goo.gl/LXjjzM We have a great group of teen readers and writers who know their way beautifully around a twitter chat. We have a wonderful time!
Thanks for reading!