Whether you’re doing NaNoWriMo or any other writing project, you’re probably doing your best to write every day. Maybe, you’re aiming for 1,000 words a day. Maybe, you’re working on several different projects. Or maybe, you spend most of your day writing. All of those options are great. If you’re doing any of them, congratulations!
Just don’t forget to take some time to read. It’s easy to forget when you’re caught up with writing, but it’s important. Find the time. Make it. Whatever you have to do.
Besides needing to unwind and relax (and, really, what’s a better way to relax than reading for a bit?), reading is also one of the best ways to learn about writing. Reading will teach you good plots from bad, how to build a character, worldbuilding, and more. As much as I loved many of my teachers and classes, I’ve learned more from reading than from anything but writing itself.
And if you think about it, it’s a pretty good deal – you can learn about writing simply by relaxing for a while with a good book. Something you’d read for fun anyway.
Why wouldn’t you make the time?