We've all heard reading is as crucial to writing as sitting down at one's computer. And we know it's because we learn a whole lot about voice, style, flow, [insert something to be gained here], etc., when we dive into others' words.
But the two don't often overlap for me, like you'd think. Instead, I go through heavy phases of writing, whereas I read next to nothing. And then the flip side is, I'll become so entrenched in reading, I'll find myself a little distant from my writing.
I think maybe it's because I can get so slogged down in my writing, find myself stuck, and making the natural leap over to reading renews me. It's a way to rejuvenate my creativity, to spark my desire to produce something grand. By reading another book, I'm reminded Hey, I want to do that! And then... Hey, I CAN do that! leads to Now let me do it! It makes me better.
What about you? How does reading vs. writing work for you?