A Week of No Reading

Martiemary Rose
3 min readFeb 1

Day one

Photo by Ben White on Unsplash

After I was done with reading week four of The Artist Way. I did some of the task that’s at the end. When I was done I was at the part of my day where it was time to whined down for the day. I had the urge to do some reading. But as quickly as the urge to read came, was as quick as remembering that I can’t. For a week.

I was not happy at all. I was fidgeting and couldn’t think of anything to do. Even though I have plenty to do. I could do some Sudoku, play solitaire, play animal crossing or the sims, do a puzzle, etc. Yet, I didn’t want to do any of those things. Nothing appealed to me the way reading does.

So, after staring at some walls for awhile. I finally decided that I would watch the movie Tuck Everlasting. Because I finished reading the book, so why not? While I watched the movie I did some drawing. That made me happy. But once the movie was over I was back to square one.

I started to get upset. All I wanted to do was read and I couldn’t. So, to help make this week go a little smoother. I came to the conclusion that making a list of things I can do, would make things easier on me. This way when the urge for reading kicks in I can look over that list and see the things that I can do. I’m hoping the list helps me with picking something else to do, to fill in for the want to read. But we will see how that goes. Because I can already see that this week is going to be a long week for me.

I feel like I am being punished. I know that probably sounds stupid. But not being allowed to read for a week to me is a punishment. There better be something to this whole week of no reading. I know you’re probably thinking, you’re an adult so read if you want too. All because in The Artist Way it says not to read, doesn’t mean you have to listen to what it says. Because yes I do agree with those thoughts.

However, I’m trying to do my best to stick with how the Artist Way is structured. I’m putting my trust in the process and hoping I won’t regret it later. So, yes I will complain. But I will also complain while sticking to no reading for a week. Reading is my escape from the world we live in. Because reality sucks sometimes. Which is why I love reading so much.

But I can at least look at them from afar and admire them, right?

Thank you for reading! Do you love reading as much as I do? Have you done the Artist Way? What were/are your thoughts? Also, if you have any suggestions to make my non reading week better, I’m all ears.

Martiemary Rose

I enjoy reading, writing, drawing and being a pet mom. You will find poems, book reviews and anything in between on here.