Take the current book you are reading, or if you aren't reading one now (shame on you!) the last book you read. Try to write a one sentence “pitch” of the book.
This challenge may sound simple (only one sentence!), but don't let it fool you!
Make a list of the Top 10 Books (You Think) Every Writer Should Read. You can cater the list toward whatever genre you write (i.e. Top 10 Books Every Poet Should Read, Top 10 Books Every YA Contemporary Writer Should Read, Top 10 Books Every Picture Book Writer Should Read, etc.)
My thoughts: It's really hard to narrow my list to only top ten.I think as a writer, reading lots of books is the best way to learn. I included another top 10 of my favorite books I read over and over. They are in all kinds of genres but they help mold my writing.
1. How I Write by Janet Evanovich & Stephanie Plum series
2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
3. All's Fair in Love, War, and High School by Janette Rallison
4. Dangerous Favor by Joyce DiPastena (Dangerous Favor book review)
5. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
6. Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon
7. The MacGregor series by Nora Roberts
8. Zenobia - Birth of a Legend by Russ Wallace (book-review-zenobia-birth-of-legend)
9. Wizards First Rule series by Terry Goodkind
10.Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins (book-review-hunger-games) (Catching fire book review)(Mockingjay review)
Set a writing goal for yourself to complete by the end of the year. Make sure it is easily measurable. Also, make sure it is something that is possible to accomplish, but also push yourself!