I took a speed-reading course and read War and Peace in twenty minutes. It involves Russia. ~ Woody Allen
But here’s a proviso. It helps if you think about what you’re reading, perhaps with a view to how you might have crafted that nonfiction book or novel yourself. And that thinking is helped if you have some idea of what you’re looking for in the first place.
That’s why I leapt at the opportunity to write a regular article series for ActiveGarage.com that we’re calling Thought Readership and which debuts today (Monday, February 6th).
Every two weeks I’ll post a hybrid “review/how-to” that highlights how one author successfully (or not) exemplified a skill that aspiring business authors might hope to showcase in their own books.
Whether or not you have a desire to write a book one day yourself, my fervent wish is that this series introduces you to some titles that might otherwise have not crossed your radar, and provokes you think more critically about the books you are reading.
As someone who tends to be more humorous in person and when giving talks than when writing, I’m also going to use this series as a practice ground for “lightening up” when it comes to books I think are pretty crappy. Rather than offer you a polemic every third or fourth time – which is how often I plan to analyze the “boo-boos” – I hope to modify my own writing style after reading less-judgmental, witty, and thought provoking articles by folks I admire like Rajesh Setty, Sonia Simone, and the folks at IncBlot.
Oh, and one day in the not-so-distant future I’ll be repurposing this material to create a new e-book, entitled Thought Readership.
So, do check out the introductory article for the new series here. Please comment below or on ActiveGarage to give your perspective on these articles. As Seth Godin points out, it’s just commentary otherwise. I’d prefer it to be a two-way conversation.