When I am not practicing law, spending time with my family, playing tennis or watching MLB, I read as many books as I can. Most years I finish at least one a week. The process is aided by Audible and Airpods (listening to Faulkner in the elevator beats Muzak or CNN). With this technology, there is no excuse not to read, or listen to, whatever interests you.

As you are reading, and again after you finish a work, you should think about what the author has said. Did you learn anything? What question about the work would you ask if you met the writer? Do you want to talk about the work with your family, friends or co-workers? These inquiries should lead to more enjoyment and a better understanding of the work.

If a writer does not entice you to answer these questions, then you know not to waste your time on more of her or his work. Alternatively, if you find yourself seeking answers to these questions, you should continue to read that author. You owe it to her or him, and yourself. In the process, you just might be inspired to write something yourself. That is how it has worked for me, and only in that order.

Read. Think. Write.